top of page

Sorghastrum nutans

Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans
Sorghastrum nutans

A clump forming native grass producing tall blue-green blades which turn gold in fall, and retain some color through the winter; light brown, feathery panicles appear above the foliage in late summer, turning copper in fall; an excellent vertical accent

Ornamental Features

Indian Grass is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The coppery-bronze seed heads are carried on showy plumes with dark brown overtones and which fade to gray over time, which are displayed in abundance from early fall to mid winter. It has masses of beautiful panicles of brown flowers held atop the stems in late summer that fade to gray over time, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves are bluish-green in color with hints of silver. As an added bonus, the foliage turns gorgeous shades of yellow and in the fall. The tan stems can be quite attractive.

Planting & Growing

Indian Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

Light Requirement:


Cold Hardy to Zone:



Soil pH:

Soil Type

Fall Color

Deer Resistance:

full sun







24 inches


Members of:

bottom of page