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Sorghastrum nutans (photo courtesy of Gilles Delacroix/Garden World Images)
Sorghastrum nutans (photo courtesy of Gilles Delacroix/Garden World Images)

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Sorghastrum nutans

Indiangrass

Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials

A gorgeous large, ornamental, clumping grass native to much of the United States. Blue-green foliage grows upright, 3–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, and turns golden yellow in fall. Airy flower spikes tower above the foliage beginning in midsummer; they are coppery at first, then dry to a shimmering light brown. Good in dried arrangements. Water regularly until established, then needs little. Cut back in winter. ‘Cheyenne’ was selected for its drought tolerance. ‘Sioux Blue’ has bluer foliage.

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