Indian grass

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Cullina
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Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel')
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Genus:  Sorghastrum

Golden yellow plumes and a vase-like form give 'Indian Steel' a refined look. On the flower spikes, bright yellow pollen sacs stand out against the darker seed heads. Metallic blue foliage morphs to a coppery tan shade after frost. 'Indian Steel' tolerates a range of soil types, including heavy clay. -Scott Vogt, Native grasses, Fine Gardening issue #124

Care: 

For best results, plant in medium to dry soil and in full sun.

Propagation: 

By dividion or by seed.

Problems: 

No serious problems.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Spring,
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Hazelnut
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Grasses

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