Sorghastrum nutans

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Yellow Indiangrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:3-5 (8) ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Yellow,orange
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Plant in the rear of a wildflower garden. The flower/fuit stalk is quite showy with a golden plume (the stamens are yellow)in mid-fall. The stems and fruit retain a golden straw color through the fall. The remainder of the year, the grass is much lower (about 2 ft) and blue-green in color.
Propagation:Seed. Division of clumps.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



 Birds eat seeds.


Larval host for pepper and salt skipper (Amblyscirtes hegon).

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhills.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This was one of the important grasses of the mid-western prairies. Survives occasional flooding and repeated burning.