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Sorghastrum is a robust perennial grass that forms a spreading clump of narrow, arching, blue-green leaves.
Its beauty lies in the many reddish-brown flowers which are highlighted by brilliant yellow anthers in late summer and autumn. These slender panicles darken to chestnut brown by early winter.
Indian grass, along with switch grass and bluestem, once predominated across the US prairies; only 10% of millions of acres now remain as their natural habitat is swept away by development and agriculture.
Sorghastrum is a very adaptable grass and can be planted in a variety of soils with no ill effect. Sorghastrum is of Greek origin and means "a poor imitation of sorghum". Don't confuse this with Sorghum wheat, a loaf made from this plant would be a little chewy.
Hardy perennial grass (D)
Poor, dry, clay, infertile