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Native Plant Species

Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans

A broader leaved grass with delicate yellow flowers that fits well behind and amongst flowers in meadow plantings. Original ecotype collected in Clermont, NY., seed grown out at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Height: 3-8 feet
Bloom time: August-September
Sun: Full sun
Soil: dry to moist, deep well drained sandy loam
Wildlife value: Larval host plant to pepper-and-salt skipper butterfly. Seeds feed small mammals and birds. Ground cover and nesting site for songbirds and larger birds. Nesting material and structure for native bees.


*Original ecotype collected in Clermont, NY; seed grown out at Hilltop Hanover Farm.

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center