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NC Native Plant Society:
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Sorghastrum elliottii

Slender Indiangrass, Long-bristle Indiangrass

Scientific Name:

Sorghastrum elliottii

Genus:

Sorghastrum

Species Epithet:

elliottii

Common Name:

Slender Indiangrass, Long-bristle Indiangrass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Woodlands and forests, river-scour areas, including oak-hickory forests and woodlands over mafic rocks. Throughout the state, except scarce in the Mountains and scarce on the Outer Banks and adjacent mainland.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure, S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Spikelets and awns are a dark brown as verses tan in Sorghastrum nutans

Penny's Bend, Durham County, NC

The Scientific Name is Sorghastrum elliottii. You will likely hear them called Slender Indiangrass, Long-bristle Indiangrass. This picture shows the Spikelets and awns are a dark brown as verses tan in Sorghastrum nutans of Sorghastrum elliottii

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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