Indian grass is a warm-season perennial grass that is native to many prairie regions in the eastern and central parts of the United States of America. It begins growing late in the spring or early in the summer as it requires the soil temperature to reach a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit in order to begin germinating. The grass is a beautiful blue-green shade and is topped by seedheads that are tan with a tint of rich golden coloring. That unique look sets it apart from other types of grass. This continues into the fall when the grass changes to a fiery orange color. It can maintain a hint of color well into the winter.
The gorgeous coloring of this prairie grass has made it popular as an ornamental plant. Gardeners often plant Indian grass as a vertical accent because of its beauty. This works well as it grows in upright clumps and can reach three to five feet in height. It is attractive to wild birds and so can be mixed in with other grasses in naturalized areas to bring delightful bird songs closer to home. When planted on slopes it can help to control erosion as well. Some people also choose to plant it as a screen by planting the clumps close together.
Indian grass can be planted in hardiness zones four to nine. It is able to thrive in poor soil but may struggle somewhat if the soil is too rich or moist. It grows most successfully in full sun with well-drained soil to prevent an excess of moisture. This grass is fairly tolerant of drought which makes it an easy keeper in drier climates. It does not have any significant issues with diseases or pests. The only notable maintenance it requires is cutting it back in early spring to allow for new growth.