Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is a clump-forming, warm-season grass with spiky, golden tan panicles in late summer, long-lasting seedheads, and orange-yellow fall color; 4 to 6 feet tall. This species is beautiful and adaptable, growing well in a range of soil conditions, though it can tend to sprawl in nutrient-rich soil; the stems are much stronger in drier, less-fertile soil. It looks equally lovely in a large border and a meadow, with several features that provide multi-season interest. The leafy clumps provide shelter and nesting sites for birds, and the abundant seeds supply fall-into-winter food for them too. U.S. native (seed collected from my meadow in Bucks County, PA). Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 to 9.
Harvested in September and October 2020. At least 30 seeds.