Sorghastrum secundum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Lopsided Indiangrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1 to 6 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Yellow
Phenology:Winter dormant. Blooms in fall.
Habitats:Dry-moist sites. Flatwoods, secondary pinelands, sandhill.


Recommended Uses:Typically grown in the background of a wildflower garden as its tall flower stalks are only visible in fall. The remainder of the year is looks like a moderate-sized grass.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray



Larval host for "grass skippers" including swarthy skipper (Nastra lherminier), Delaware skipper (Anatrytone arogos), Eufala skipper (Lerodea eufala) and twin spot Skipper (Oligoria maculate).