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Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel'

Blue Indian Grass

Plant Type: Grass - Ornamental

Steel blue foliage with hints of light green. Five-foot flower spikes topped with yellow flowers. Beautiful bronze fall color. With these attributes, Blue Indian Grass is one of the most attractive native grass cultivars. In addition, it is drought tolerant, tolerates poor soils, and requires little maintenance. This is a great choice for sustainable landscapes, natural areas, and modern designs that demand structured, yet restful, form and texture. Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' performs best in full sun. Rich soil and too much fertilizer will cause weak growth and flopping. Indian grasses attract songbirds and provide shelter for gamefowl. Blue Indian Grass is a seed selection of native Sorghastrum nutans.

Landscape Application:

Specimen or mass in beds, borders or as a screen. Provides winter interest.

Sorghastrum nutans 'Indian Steel' Plant Care:

Cut back to 6" in March. Tolerant of a wide range of soils including heavy clays. May flop in rich soil. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

Blue Indian Grass Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest

MIDSEASON (May-June), LATE (July-frost)

Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Soil Moisture Needs

Low to moderate soil moisture.

Special Benefits
Cut Flower / or Foliage
Dried Flower
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant