Sorghastrum nutans

Common name: Indian Grass

Native plant

If you are walking a prairie restoration, it is likely that you will see this grass almost everywhere you look. It stands 6 to 7 feet tall and forms seas of waving beauty that can make people stop and stare a while. It can be aggressive from seed and should not be planted in small gardens with limited space. The fall color is a golden yellow. Great plant for for erosion control on sites that are not steep.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
6 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

Additional information

Loved by birds

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