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- Latin Name-Sorghastrum Nutans Hardy Zone- 2-9 Mature Height-5ft Sun Or Shade- Full Sun
Indian Grass - Sorghastrum nutans
Indian grass is common to central and eastern United States, as well as parts of Canada. Indian grass is a perennial plant, which means it will grow for several years though it does require a good bit of sun and will die quickly in shady areas. It typically occurs in prairie like areas and is very common in those central states like Missouri. Indian grass grows anywhere between three to five feet tall with blue-green foliage and is identified by the “rifle-sight” ligule(a thin outgrowth at the junction of the leaf and leaf stalk.) Indian grass blooms around mid summer to mid fall though that can change a bit depending on the region. When they bloom, the seed head is a golden brown color and shaped like a plume, darkening to a bronze or chestnut brown in the fall and later fading to gray. These color changes provide a good view all year long. The golden brown flowers contrast very well with the blue/gray foliage. They weigh at about 175,000 seeds to the pound. It grows best in deep, well-drained floodplain soils, though it holds its own in poorly drained soils as well. Indian grass holds up well in high drought areas. They do require a soil temperature of above 50 degrees fahrenheit and the best time to plant is from early May to late June. The plant does not have any insect or disease problems, which makes care for it pretty simple. Indian grass is commonly used in blending into prairies or meadows, though can also be used to accent borders or to slow erosion on slopes. It is also good to note that livestock relish this plant and it also attracts small mammals, butterflies, and seeds-granivorous birds. It also provides nesting material for native bees in some regions.
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.