South Dakota Native Plant Research
Sorghastrum nutans

Scientific Name

Sorghastrum nutans


Download Seed: The seed of indian grass (57 KB)

Download Seedling: Indian grass seedlings one month after germinating. (105 KB)

Download Vegetative: The firm ligule is 1.5 to 7 mm long. (64 KB)

Download Flowering: A panicle of the inflorescence is 11-27 cm long. (45 KB)

Download Fruiting: Indian grass producing fruit in late September at the research garden near SDSU. (54 KB)

Family Name


Common Name

Indian grass

Horticulture Notes

Seed Collection: Collect seed in Aug.-Sept.
Germination: Spring sow
Vegetative Propagation:
Soils: Tolerates most soil conditions
Light: Full sun
Water: prefers moist areas but will tolerate dry conditions

Sorghastrum nutans