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CHEYENNE INDIANGRASS

#1097 | SORGASTRUM NUTANS

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CHEYENNE INDIANGRASS

#1097 | SORGASTRUM NUTANS

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Summary

Indiangrass is a native perennial, warm-season tall grass, which reproduces from seed and short underground stems. It produces beautiful golden plume-like seed heads on stems that reach heights of 4 to 8 feet tall. It is easily identified by the claw-like ligule where the blade attaches to the sheath. Indiangrass is used for green forage or dry prairie hay and is very nutritious. It should not be grazed shorter than 5 to 8 inches during the growing season. It is found throughout the Bluestem belt of the United States, and can be seeded alone or in mixtures with other tall grasses.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 9 - Southeast, 10 - South Florida, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
48" - 72"
Bloom Period
Early-Summer
Bloom Color
Yellow
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Perennial
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Fall - Spring
Plant Depth
"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
50° F
Establishment
Moderate

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
175,000
Kingdom
PLANTAE
Subkingdom
TRACHEOBIONTA
Super Division
SPERMATOPHYTA
Division
MAGNOLIOPHYTA
Class
LILIOPSIDA
Subclass
COMMELINIDAE
Order
CYPERALES
Family
POACEAE
Genus
SORGASTRUM
Species
SORGASTRUM NUTANS

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 6 to 8 pls lbs/acre

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Conservation, Reclamation & Restoration

Indiangrass has many applications in the conservation of land. It is widely used in soil stabilization, nutrient reclamation, filter strips, and buffer strips.

Pasture & Range

Indiangrass is readily consumed by many classes of livestock. Typically planted in mixtures with other warm-season native grasses.

Prairie

Landscaping

Indiangrass can be planted as an accent plant or in mass plantings. The beautiful golden plume-like seedheads makes Indiangrass one of the most desired native grasses in the landscape. Indiagrass is the state grass of Oklahoma.

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