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Yellow Prairie Grass Seeds

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Yellow Prairie 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, plumes 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)
key features
Botanical Name
Sorghastrum nutans
Native, Groundcover, Winter Interest, Erosion Control
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Seed Life Cycle
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
36-60" tall
Seed Coverage
1 lb. per 3,000 Square Feet; 12-15 lbs. per Acre


Yellow Prairie Grass, also called Indian Grass, is one of the dominant species of the tallgrass prairie, and makes a lovely addition to wildflower meadows by providing late season color and winter interest. Also stunning planted en masse in garden beds or as a vertical accent. Yellow Prairie 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. Yellow Prairie Grass is particularly effective for erosion control on slopes. Cut plants back in late winter or very early spring before new growth emerges.