Printer Friendly Version Print Plant Details

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'

Also called Indian Steel Wood Grass


Photo courtesy of Jelitto Seed

Photo courtesy of Jelitto Seed

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

Interesting Notes:

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:

4

Height:

120-150 cm

Spread:

45-60 cm

Colour:

Red
You must be logged in to
view availability and prices.
×

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

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
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Blue
Green

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Roadside planting
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'

Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'

Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'

Sioux Blue Indian Grass