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Sorghastrum nutans

Establishes quickly in plantings; golden plume-like seed head.

Note: This item is sold by the PLS pound. 

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Sorghastrum nutans, commonly known as Indiangrass, is a native perennial warm season grass. It typically grows 4-5 feet tall and establishes quickly in plantings.


Forage notes

This warm-season grass is an excellent forage plant and is one of the most important native tall grasses. It is highly nutritious and readily eaten by all kinds of livestock, especially when the plants are young and green. This grass provides a large amount of forage for the ground it occupies and makes excellent hay. It can be established from seed and will produce 2-3 tons of cured hay per acre. It is becoming increasingly popular for seeding as a hay grass, either by itself or in mixes with other native grasses. Continuous close grazing before maturity reduces plant vigor and will ultimately result in replacement of Indiangrass by less desirable species.


Wildlife notes

Because of its height and tendency to remain erect, it provides nesting habitat and protective cover for many kinds of birds, including the Ring-necked Pheasant, Greater Prairie Chicken, Northern Bobwhite, Mourning Dove, and Field Sparrow


Landscaping notes

Vertical accent for borders. Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils including heavy clay. Use in fresh cut or dried floral arrangements for a lovely textural accent.


Restoration notes

Effective on slopes for erosion control.


Videos About This Plant

To learn more about this plant, check out our videos about it and its uses.

How to Identify Indiangrass Seedlings in a First Year Planting

Additional information

Weight N/A

Full Sun to Part Shade


Dry, Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Aug, Sep

Cattle Palatability


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.