Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'
Also called Indian Steel Wood Grass
More About Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'
- AKA Sorghastrum avenaceum 'Indian Steel'
- Flower stalks rise above the foliage forming a tight, upright clump
- Medium-width grass blades are blue-green, turning bronze in the fall
- Reddish-bronze downy flower spikes appear in August
- Bloom Time: August
- Flower Height: 150 cm
- Foliage Height: 120 cm
- Grass Type: Warm Season
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.
Indian Steel 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 'Indian Steel' Characteristics
Soil MoistureAverage to Dry Soils
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall
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