sorghastrum nutans (indian grass) native

Size: 1 gallon
  • AKA sorghastrum avenaceum, chrysopogon nutans
  • reddish-bronze downy flower spikes rising well above the foliage appear in july
  • the grass blades are green turning bronze to burnt orange in the fall
  • bloom time: july
  • warm season grasses are much slower starting in the spring
  • they do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer
  • they flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter
  • most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions
  • zone 3
  • height 120-220cm
  • spread 45-60cm 
  • colour brown
  • grows best in full sun to partial shade in an average to dry soil
  • this grass can become floppy if the soil is too rich and moist
  • it can tolerate heat and drought but needs moisture during long hot spells
  • should be cut down to almost ground level in the spring
  • full sun, partial sun/shade
  • attracts birds
  • fast growing
  • deer resistant 
  • drought tolerant, once established
  • low maintenance
  • salt tolerant
  • heat tolerant
  • native to ontario
  • rock garden
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)