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NC Native Plant Society:
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Sorghastrum nutans

Yellow Indiangrass, Prairie Indiangrass

Scientific Name:

Sorghastrum nutans

Genus:

Sorghastrum

Species Epithet:

nutans

Common Name:

Yellow Indiangrass, Prairie Indiangrass

Plant Type

Grass/Sedge/Rush

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Xeric and mesic woodlands and forests of a wide variety, powerline rights-of-way, roadbanks. Uncommon in NC mountains, common in piedmont, sandhills, and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

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:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Best in natural meadows. A major species of the tallgrass prairie. Cultivars available.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/sorghastrum-nutans/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/sorghastrum/nutans/



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