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Sorghastrum nutans

Also called Wood Grass


Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass

More About Sorghastrum nutans

  • AKA Sorghastrum avenaceum, Chrysopogon nutans
  • Reddish-bronze downy flower spikes rising well above the foliage appear in July
  • The grass blades are green turning bronze to burnt orange in the fall
  • Bloom Time: July
  • Flower Height: 220 cm
  • Foliage Height: 120 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:


Native to Ontario

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions. 

 

Zone:

3

Height:

120-220 cm

Spread:

45-60 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Indian Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in full sun to partial shade in an average to dry soil. This grass can become floppy if the soil is too rich and moist. It can tolerate heat and drought but needs moisture during long hot spells. Should be cut down to almost ground level in the spring.


Sorghastrum nutans Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Fall
Lt. Sum-Fall

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Sorghastrum nutans

Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon gerardii

Big Blue Stem