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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.

Flowering in summer. Notice the glaucous, blueish, color of the leaves and culms.

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Sorghastrum nutans. You will likely hear them called Yellow Indiangrass, Prairie Indiangrass. This picture shows the Flowering in summer. Notice the glaucous, blueish, color of the leaves and culms. of Sorghastrum nutans

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of inflorescence with bright yellow anthers and pinkish-colored feathery stigmas

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Sorghastrum nutans. You will likely hear them called Yellow Indiangrass, Prairie Indiangrass. This picture shows the Close-up of inflorescence with bright yellow anthers and pinkish-colored feathery stigmas of Sorghastrum nutans

Bettina Darveaux

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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