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Indian Grass Seeds

Sorghastrum nutans

4.57 (7 reviews)
  • 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 Sorghastrum Nutans seeds 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 Indian grass seeds on the stem will begin to ripen to their mature brown color. Strip the mature Sorghastrum Nutans 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

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 72 Inches

Color: Green, Brown

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

Indian Grass Seeds 5.0
Review By Andy

Awesome!

This grass returns every year and helps restore environmental damage caused by "progress". It's a beautiful prairie and field restoration grass.

Indian Grass Seeds 5.0
Review By Indian Grass

Indian Grass

Took a chance and planted in early fall in Northern California when we were having unseasonably warm weather. Germination was great and grasses are now thriving in cooler weather. Goal was to purify soil from added chemicals so I can plant a garden next year.

Indian Grass Seeds 4.0
Review By Grass

Ok

Growth looking good

Indian Grass Seeds 3.0
Review By Indian Grass Seeds

Waiting for the grass to start growing

I planted it outside last week and nothing has happened. How long does it take to germinate?

Indian grass is a heat loving grass. It will not germinate until the ground is warm. With you being in MA and this still being May, it could take another month until you see germination.

Indian Grass Seeds 5.0
Review By Sweetgrass seeds

Could not find Sweetgrass seeds anywhere else but here

Everwilde Farms was the only site I could find these seeds and the packaging definitely ensures their viability!

Indian Grass Seeds 5.0
Review By James

Great seeds I hope

Great packaging, planted seeds, now hope they will come up. Seeds looked like they were taken care of.

Indian Grass Seeds 5.0
Review By Julie Hendrickson

grass seeds

seeds arrived quickly and very well packaged. I have high hopes of controlling some erosion issues on my creek front property.

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~1,000 Seeds) $3.48 -+
1 Oz Mylar (~10,300 Seeds) $5.96 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $9.28 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $19.20 -+
5 Lb Mylar (2.27kg) $86.40 -+
10 Lb Mylar (4.54kg) $153.60 Notify Me
25 Lb Bulk Bag (11.3kg) $364.80 -+
50 Lb Bulk Bag (22.7kg) $691.20 -+
100 Lb Bulk Bag (45.4kg) $1,344.00 -+
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DESCRIPTION

Indian Grass is on par with Big Bluestem in terms of both height and popularity. This warm-season perennial has large feathery seed plumes that turn a lovely rusty color in the fall, and become natural birdfeeders into the winter months.
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 Sorghastrum Nutans seeds 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 Indian grass seeds on the stem will begin to ripen to their mature brown color. Strip the mature Sorghastrum Nutans 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

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 72 Inches

Color: Green, Brown

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

Reviews

4.57
Global Rating: 4.57 from 7 reviews
5.0

Review By Andy

Awesome!

This grass returns every year and helps restore environmental damage caused by "progress". It's a beautiful prairie and field restoration grass.

5.0

Review By Indian Grass

Indian Grass

Took a chance and planted in early fall in Northern California when we were having unseasonably warm weather. Germination was great and grasses are now thriving in cooler weather. Goal was to purify soil from added chemicals so I can plant a garden next year.

4.0

Review By Grass

Ok

Growth looking good

3.0

Review By Indian Grass Seeds

Waiting for the grass to start growing

I planted it outside last week and nothing has happened. How long does it take to germinate?

Indian grass is a heat loving grass. It will not germinate until the ground is warm. With you being in MA and this still being May, it could take another month until you see germination.

5.0

Review By Sweetgrass seeds

Could not find Sweetgrass seeds anywhere else but here

Everwilde Farms was the only site I could find these seeds and the packaging definitely ensures their viability!

5.0

Review By James

Great seeds I hope

Great packaging, planted seeds, now hope they will come up. Seeds looked like they were taken care of.

5.0

Review By Julie Hendrickson

grass seeds

seeds arrived quickly and very well packaged. I have high hopes of controlling some erosion issues on my creek front property.