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Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Indiangrass is a perennial, warm-season grass that may grow 5 to 7 feet tall. Although growth begins in the spring, it makes most of its growth between June and August and remains green until the first frost. Yellow flower panicles extend above the foliage in the late summer and fall.


Provides excellent cover year round. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.

Plant Type Grass
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance High
Regions Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Full Sun
Soil Moist, Dry
Bloom Times Fall
Seed Times Fall, Winter
Wildlife Value Winter Cover, Seed or Nut
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