Indian Grass

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Planting Zones 4-9
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Under 10 Feet
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Indian Grass Description

Indian Grass, Sorghastrum Nutans Stands Out From Other Grasses With Its Display Of Colors In An Ornamental Landscape

Indian grass, formally known as the Sorghastrum nutans, is a North American prairie grass usually found in the Great Plains and tallgrass prairies. As a tall, bunching, warm-season grass that sometimes serves as feed for livestock, it is a popular ornamental grass that works well as a good backdrop in garden borders or as the main mass feature when creating a natural meadow or wildlife garden.

An alluring additive to any ornamental garden with ornate foliage, majestic plumes, and graceful flower clusters, it is an excellent choice to bring motion and dancing foliage to the home landscape. And since minimal maintenance is a perfect choice for native gardens where light and wind provide a magical interplay of movement and dimension.

Indian Grass, Sorghastrum Nutans Along With Its Attractive Physical Structure, Works Just As Well As A Slope Border To Prevent Erosion

As a species native to North America, ornamental Indian grasses are known for their height, producing spectacular ornamental specimens. Their leaves are three-eighths of an inch wide and eighteen inches long, with thin tips, glabrous surfaces, and rifle-sight-shaped ligules. Since the grass is a perennial, it has a significant growth habit, maturing to a staggering height of six feet with upright tufts reaching up to five feet.

Planting it in the landscape provides foliage of a burnt-orange shade in autumn. Its plume-shaped panicles give a golden-brown effect ranging from splashes of yellow to orange, lasting from late summer until early winter. Its short rhizomes can remain standing in the winter while dormant, and the grass blades add interest to the landscape with shades of green, grey, and even blue. Thanks to its hardiness, clumping formation, solid rooting system, and ability to grow even in the most inadequate soil, the grass works well on slopes to prevent erosion, borders, hedgerows, and screens.

This grass prefers plenty of full sunlight every six hours to perform to its best potential. Besides that, this plant species is a relatively low-maintenance addition to the garden, as it adapts well to various soils and copes with extremes from droughts to occasional flooding. As the grass reseeds easily, it only needs minimal attention once established. While it can stand heavy clay and dry, infertile soils, its only preference is that whatever soil the plant grows on is well-drained; otherwise, the grass may flop. As for the fertilizer, it is best avoided during maturity as it results in the roots becoming too long; however, light fertilization is ideal in getting seedling grass established.

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All Indian Grasses have hollow stems that grow underground during the growth period. They become green above ground during the flowering period and even climb up to 2 meters. Indian Grass (Hierochloe odorata) is a native of Asia and grows wild in many parts of Europe. It is ornamental grass used extensively in landscaping for its decorative value. The leaves are soft and feel like silk to the touch. This grass grows very well in wet areas but can also be developed as a houseplant. Indian grass has become naturalized in many parts of the U.S., including the southeast and California, where it prefers sun or partial shade and moist soil with plenty of water.

It is known by several names, such as Chinese Silver Grass, Chinese Silver Needles, and Silver Vase Grass. It thrives in clumps that can reach up to 3 feet tall and spreads quickly by runners. The grass becomes dormant during the winter and may die back completely to ground level, appearing dead until new growth begins in spring. 

It will grow almost anywhere: yards, garden beds, woodland edges, and even sandy beaches! It is considered an excellent forage for the livestock industry because it is drought tolerant. It has a rapid growth rate and has high digestibility and palatability. Purchase Indian grass because it is also used to make other products like flour, feed pellets, and biogas.

The most striking feature of this plant is its beautiful purple-tinted foliage. The stems are also tinted purple on the underside and are covered with fine, white hairs that give them an elegant appearance. Over time, the branches arch gracefully, creating a fountain-like effect in the summer months when they are topped with ball-shaped flower heads that are creamy white.

It is a perennial plant, which means it stays green year-round and does not die back in the winter months like many other plants. It should be cut back to about 6 inches from the ground in late fall to eliminate the old foliage and allow for new growth next spring. 

It is also known as "Sacred Grass" or "Sacred Herb." The Indian grass is also known as a natural tranquilizer and sedative. It is used for curing insomnia and other sleep disorders. It also cures depression, panic attacks, and mood swings. The plant was mainly grown in India and was planted near temples, homes, and gardens for religious purposes.

The grass is considered sacred by most of the people there. There is no doubt that this herb has many uses and benefits apart from its medicinal properties. Growing Indian grass helps improve soil health by fixing atmospheric nitrogen in the soil and increasing organic matter. The plants are also an excellent source of animal feed.

The plants are rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C, and minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium. There are medicinal uses for Indian Grass, including treating colds, inflammation, dysentery, fevers, malaria, ulcers, skin diseases, tuberculosis, and asthma. 

Height at Maturity: Up to 6 ft. 

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Soil pH: Acidic, neutral, alkaline

Bloom Time: Late summer to early fall

Hardiness Zones: 4–9 

Ship as: Bareroot



Reviews (1)

  • 5
    Indian Grass

    Posted by Blake Green on Oct 02, 2022

    Good plant condition and well-packaged shipment!

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