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Plant Name:

Indian Grass

Scientific Name:

Sorghastrum nutans


Indian Grass is a warm-season, perennial grass with tall, ornamental seedheads.


Prairies, open fields


Indian Grass provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, small mammals, and insects. The grass's tall, dense growth provides cover and nesting sites for birds and small mammals. The seeds are consumed by wildlife.

Growing Conditions:

Indian Grass prefers well-drained soils and full sun.


Indian Grass is used in prairie restorations and as an ornamental grass.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Indian Grass was once a dominant component of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.

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Photo Credit

Jennifer Anderson. United States, IA, Scott Co., Bettendorf, Pigeon Creek Park. 2002.

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