Sorghastrum nutans

Indian grass 07JL22-02
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Indian grass, Sorghastrum nutans 11AU13-02

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Indian grass, Sorghastrum nutans 12AU07

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characteristics

Tall, sod forming bunchgrass with broad dull green leaves and rusty-brown, feathery seed heads. Fall colours of this beautiful grass range from deep yellow to purple. An important species in the Tallgrass Prairie. Said by some that presence of this grass is an indication of true tallgrass prairie.

174,720 seeds/pound; starts from seed, container.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P Y 1.6 B S F-M-C DM ••• - 5.0-7.8 green-dull yellow-deep yellow (rust)

habitat

Open woods, fields and dry slopes.

uses

Good bird seed source in fall and winter.
Attracts butterflies; in particular salt and pepper skipper.

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