Indian Grass is also known by the technical name of Sorghastrum nutans
This grass is native to North America, with origins found in the central and eastern regions of both the United States and Canada.This grass is native to prairies, dry slopes, fields, and open woods. Water requirements are medium. However, there have been occasions where the Indian grass has still flourished under flooding conditions. Indian grass will bloom in direct sunlight, partial shading and even in the full shade. This beautiful grass flourishes in moist, mineral-rich soils such as limestone and clay.The Indian grass works best when planted in groups or bunches and preferably in a meadow as an accent. While growing this grass will remain low lying to the ground and then shoots up tall anywhere from three feet to a full height of seven feet right before the bloom. The Indian grass blooms annually from late summer to early fall, generally between August - October giving off a burst of beautiful colors, beginning with the bluish-green to the majestic hues of orange and deep purple towards the end of the harvest.
Indian Grass is a perennial with a golden sheen, blades that are a bluish-green in the summer and deep orange or purple in autumn
There are approximately 175,000 seeds per pound. Small mammals and certain birds enjoy dining on the seeds given off from the Indian grass plant. Several prairie creatures will use different parts of the plant for their homes as nesting materials. Butterflies are also highly attracted to the Indian grass, and on occasion, you may see one or two different varieties landing on the blades of the green and enjoying it.This grass is a beautiful compliment to larger gardens and meadows, especially during the fall months. This magnificent plant is also recognized as the official state grass of not one but two of the United States, both Oklahoma and South Carolina.Indian grass is a warm season Missouri neighborhood persevering grass which as often as possible happens in prairies, dales and open woods all through the State.
Indian Grass is noted for its upright shape and blue-green foliage. Foliage turns orange-yellow in fall and if all else fails holds bits of learning of shading into the winter
Solid, vertical growing stems, finished with tight, fluffy, light cocoa sprout panicles (to 12" since quite a while former) highlighted with yellow stamens, ascend over the foliage cluster in late summer to 5-6' tall. Panicles dull to bronze/chestnut cocoa in fall as they develop, later darkening to decrease. Panicles keep giving some interest well into winter.