Sorghastrum nutans

Indian Grass

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Pot Size: full quart

Plant Description

Indian grass along with big bluestem, was one of the main components of our once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem in North America. It ranges throughout central and eastern United States and Canada, especially in the Great Plains prairies, and in open woods and clearings where the soil is pretty dry. It is a perennial, warm season, bunch type grass, and flowers in late summer. Height, leaf color, and stiffness can vary from rather bluish, 7’, arching leaves on western plants, to 5’, greenish, and stiffly upright on eastern plants. Ours are of the eastern type. Fall foliage color is bright orange-beige, and this is beautiful with the showy, coppery, late summer/fall flower panicles. These turn beige and feathery and are beautiful well into the winter. Indian grass is easy to grow in full sun and is drought tolerant once established. It tends to self-sow so plant accordingly. Would be excellent with big bluestem, gray headed coneflower, purple coneflower, rattlesnake master, and rosinweed. New this year.


Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Good Fall Color           

Plant Type


Grass or grass-like


Semi Evergreen

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow





Flower Color


Bloom Time

Late summer, early fall, mid fall

Light Exposure

Full sun Mostly sunny

Soil Condition

Average, Clay

Moisture Tolerance

Moderate moisture, Dry










Hardiness Zones                  

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


full quart