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.
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.
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
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.
Effective on slopes for erosion control.
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