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Sorghastrum nutans

Native Plants

Yellow Indian Grass

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Yellow Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is a tall, clump-forming and vigorous growing plant for the meadow garden. The blades are blue-green and culminate in softly textured golden-brown seed head atop 5-8’ tall plants. From August through October, it produces flowers and seedheads that appear golden in the sunlight. Yellow Indian grass thrives in full sun with moist, rich, calcareous soils and is very drought resistant. It looks best when planted in masses or used as a vertical element in the mixed wildflower meadow with little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus), big  bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida),andpurple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Zones 4-9.  

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    green, yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    blue-green, green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    orange, tan, yellow 
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