Sorghastrum nutans

Growing Information

Plant Type: Grass
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Soils: Dry to moist soils
Bloom Time: August-October
Size: Up to 8ft tall

A beautiful, tall ornamental grass with a bronze, metallic sheen to the seedheads. Blueish green foliage turns yellow as it begins to produce seeds in the fall. A crucial species in tallgrass prairies and is best utilized in naturalized masses. Great plant for screening.

Garden Companions

Joe-Pye Weeds (Eutrochium sp.); Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis); New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveborecensis); Ox-Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

Nature Benefits

• Provides nesting material and cover for birds and native bees.
• Seed heads provide late season food for birds.

Natural Habitat

Fields, rocky shorelines, woodland openings, and roadsides.

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