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Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'

Also called Sioux Blue Wood Grass


More About Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'

  • AKA Sorghastrum avenaceum 'Sioux Blue'
  • Flower stalks rise above the foliage forming a tight, upright clump
  • Leaves are silvery-blue turning golden-tan with hints of orange in the fall
  • Reddish-bronze downy flower spikes appear in July
  • Bloom Time: July
  • Flower Height: 200 cm
  • Foliage Height: 175 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:

175-200 cm

Spread:

50-80 cm

Colour:

Red
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Sioux Blue 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 'Sioux Blue' 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
Silver

Landscape uses

Screening (privacy)
Roadside planting
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'