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Indian grass

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'

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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

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

PropagationBy dividion or by seed.

ProblemsNo serious problems.

  • Genus : Sorghastrum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Spring, Early Summer, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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