Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Graceful golden seed plumes are attractive in both prairies and gardens. In prairies, Indian Grass grows with only a few stems, but in gardens, it forms large clumps that often spread by seed–whether you want it to or not.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium, Wet
Height:    7 feet
Blooms:    Aug, Sept
Color:    Gold
Spacing:    2′
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Ornamental, Birds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Indian Grass is tall, so plant it with other tall plants or scatter it in-between shorter flowers and grasses. The only downside is that it can become aggressive over time–spreading easily by seed–so be careful when putting it in gardens with short plants

Companion Plants

Stiff Goldenrod
Rattlesnake Master
Prairie Dock