Indiangrass

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Native perennial, warm season bunch grass. grows 3-6′ tall with stems growing from short, scaly rhizomes. The nodes are fuzzy. The leaf blades are wide and long with a long ligule which resembles rabbit ears when dry. The panicle is 8-12″ long and bronze to yellow in color. The awns are about 1/2″ long, once bent and closely twisted to the first bend.
Adaptation: Grows on bottomlands and protected places.
Uses: Good grazing for livestock, suitable for hay production and excellent cover and food source for all classes of wildlife. Decreases with heavy grazing. Produces high yields when managed in pure stand. Also a heavy seed producer.

Growth Habit Growth Height Drought Tolerance Cold Tolerance
Bunch 1-3′ Good Good
Min. Rainfall Requirements Planting Time Planting (Drilled) Planting (Broadcast) Planting Depths
18″ . 1-2 PLS 2-4 PLS 1/4-1/2″
Growth Habit Growth Height
Bunch 1-3′
Drought Tolerance Cold Tolerance
Good Good
Min. Rainfall Requirements Planting Time
18″ .
Planting (Drilled) Planting (Broadcast)
1-2 PLS 2-4 PLS
Planting Depths
1/4-1/2″