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Sorghastrum nutans

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late spring, when the soil has well warmed; this plant does not easily germinate in cool soil. Press the seed into the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. Keep the soil saturated until germination.

Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. This plant grows well in dry to medium soil, tolerating drought and poor soil well. If grown in richer soil, it may droop. It adapts well to various soil types such as sand, gravel, and clay. It will eventually spread by self-seeding, and may become rather weedy in good growing conditions. Mature plants can be divided. This plant makes an very good choice for erosion control, and also provides forage and cover for birds and other wildlife. Its beauty also makes it popular as an ornamental grass and for prairie restoration.

Seed Saving: At the end of the season, the seeds on the stem will begin to ripen to their mature brown color. Strip the mature seed from the stem and store it in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Sorghastrum nutans

Species Origin: US Native Grass or Sedge

Type: Native Grasses, Warm Season

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 10,300

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

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Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~1000 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $4.80 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $5.40 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $8.00 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $30.00 -+
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DESCRIPTION

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Its coppery fall beauty makes this native plant a popular choice for ornamental gardens and natural landscaping. It once thrived as one of the main species in the tallgrass prairie. Rather than being destroyed by fire, this tough native actually grows with new vigor after being burned. Native Americans once used the stems of this plant for weaving. The genus name “Sorghastrum” means “poor imitation of sorghum,” while the species name “nutans” means “nodding” and refers to the plant’s graceful plumes.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late spring, when the soil has well warmed; this plant does not easily germinate in cool soil. Press the seed into the surface of the soil, compacting the soil very firmly. Keep the soil saturated until germination.

Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. This plant grows well in dry to medium soil, tolerating drought and poor soil well. If grown in richer soil, it may droop. It adapts well to various soil types such as sand, gravel, and clay. It will eventually spread by self-seeding, and may become rather weedy in good growing conditions. Mature plants can be divided. This plant makes an very good choice for erosion control, and also provides forage and cover for birds and other wildlife. Its beauty also makes it popular as an ornamental grass and for prairie restoration.

Seed Saving: At the end of the season, the seeds on the stem will begin to ripen to their mature brown color. Strip the mature seed from the stem and store it in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Sorghastrum nutans

Species Origin: US Native Grass or Sedge

Type: Native Grasses, Warm Season

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 10,300

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

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