Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans
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 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 famous as an ornamental plant. Gardeners often plant Indian grass as a vertical accent because of its beauty. 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. It can thrive in poor soil but may struggle somewhat if the soil is too rich or moist. 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 necessary maintenance it requires is cutting it back in early spring to allow for new growth. Indian grass is a warm season Missouri neighborhood persevering grass which every now and again happens in prairies, dales and open woods all through the State. It was one of the dominant grasses of the tallgrass prairie which once secured great parts of the Midwest. Every now and again grows 3-5' tall and is noted for its upright shape and blue-green foliage. It shapes upright packs of slender, blue-green leaves (to 1/2" wide and 2' long). Foliage turns orange-yellow in fall and if all else fails holds bits of learning of shading into the winter. Solid, vertical growing stems, finished with tight, padded, light cocoa sprout panicles (to 12" since quite a while former) highlighted with yellow stamens, ascend over the foliage bundle in late summer to 5-6' tall. Panicles dull to bronze/chestnut cocoa in fall as they develop, later clouding to lessen. Panicles keep giving some interest well into winter.