Indian Grass Seeds

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Indian grass attracts birds and butterflies to the garden with feathery plumes and golden seed heads. A native ornamental grass with an upright form and slender blue-green foliage, flowers stand on sturdy stems above foliage in late summer and darken to chestnut hues in fall. Fall color ranges from orange to purple. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. (Sorghastrum nutans)
Zones 4 - 9
Winter Interest
Good For Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 36-60" tall

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
3-5’ tall and 1-2’ wide. One of the dominant grass species of the tallgrass prairie, Indian grass makes a lovely addition to wildflower meadows, providing late season color and winter interest. Also stunning planted en masse in garden beds or as a vertical accent. Indian grass is a host plant of the pepper-and-salt skipper. Birds feed on the seed and collect dried stems for nesting. Highly adaptable to most soils including heavy clays, shallow rocky soils, and poor drainage. Ideal for poor, infertile soils and dry sites. Limit water and fertility to keep plants upright. Indian grass tolerates black walnut trees and is effective for erosion control on slopes. Cut plants back in late winter or very early spring before new growth emerges.
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Botanical Name
Sorghastrum nutans
Common Name
Indian Grass
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Seed Life Cycle
Mature Height
36-60" tall
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Grass Type
Warm Season
Seeds Per Pound
1 lb. per 3,000 Square Feet; 12-15 lbs. per Acre
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Central and Eastern North America
Native, Groundcover, Winter Interest, Good For Erosion Control
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Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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