Sorghastrum nutans

yellow Indiangrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3-5 (8) ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      yellow,orange
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, fall color


Recommended Uses: Plant in the rear of a wildflower garden. The flower/fuit stalk is quite showy with a golden plume (the stamens are yellow)in mid-fall. The stems and fruit retain a golden straw color through the fall. The remainder of the year, the grass is much lower (about 2 ft) and blue-green in color.
Propagation: Seed. Division of clumps.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic to neutral


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host for pepper and salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon). Birds eat seeds.
Native Habitats: Flatwoods, sandhills.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

This was one of the important grasses of the mid-western prairies. Survives occasional flooding and repeated burning.