Sorghastrum secundum

lopsided Indiangrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1 to 6 ft    Width: 1 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      yellow
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits


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.
Considerations: In the landscape will need annual cutting back.
Propagation: Seed, division of clumps. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


wildlife plant  
Swarthy Skipper (Nastra lherminier), Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone arogos), Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) and Twin Spot Skipper (Oligoria maculate).
Native Habitats: Dry-moist sites. Flatwoods, secondary pinelands, sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: