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Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' (Indian grass)

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' Photo/Illustration: Bill Cullina


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' sor-GAS-trum NEW-tanz Common Name: Indian grass 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses,Natives

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