Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Several stems of grass with large brown seed heads.

NPS/Gordon Dietzman


One of the signature grasses of the tallgrass prairie, this attractive grass grows to be 3 to 5 feet tall, sometimes even taller. It has large, soft plumes with glossy bronze seedheads in the fall and makes an excellent addition to dried flower arrangements.

Indian grass prefers drier conditions, but also does well on slightly moister soils and will even tolerate an occasional flood. It will grow in full sun to fairly deep shade and was once, along with the bluestems, a dominant grass species in North American tallgrass prairies and oak savannas.

Both domestic livestock and wildlife will eat it, and it is highly preferred over less palatable grasses.

Find It

Coldwater Spring
Indian Mounds Regional Park
Grey Cloud Dunes SNA
Cenaiko Lake (East Coon Rapids Regional Park)
Hastings River Flats Park

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Last updated: February 28, 2018

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