Sorghastrum nutans

Sorghastrum nutans

Indiangrass

Previous scientific name(s): Andropogon nutans, Sorghastrum avenaceum

Tall, warm season, perennial bunching sodformer adapted to most soil textures where moisture is adequate. Tolerant of imperfectly drained soils. Provides excellent forage for livestock and wildlife and good cover for birds and small mammals. Often used to improve pasture and haylands.

Varieties: 
Holt

Moderately early-maturing, superior in leafiness and yield to late-maturing strains. Holt is well suited for revegetation throughout NE and surrounding states. (Released 1960, source of ecotype: Holt County, NE)

Tomahawk

Early maturity and superior winter hardiness and persistence. One of the best forage producers at northern latitudes. High seed yield. (Released 1988, source of ecotype: ND and SD)

Variety Release Notes: 
Cheyenne

Good forage and seed producer, adapted for range and pasture in OK and TX. (Released 1945, source of ecotype: Supply, OK)

Nebraska 54
Osage

Species Attributes

Height: 
25 
in. or taller
Season: 
Warm
Life Form: 
Sodformer
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
12 
in. - Wetland adapted
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Average
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Best
Moderately Fine: 
Best
Fine: 
Marginal

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Average
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Marginal
Seeding Rate: 
- 10 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
14.80 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
170,000
Planting Season: 
Spring
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes