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Sorghastrum Nutans- Indian Grass

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Sorghastrum Nutans, also known as Yellow Indiangrass or just Indiangrass, is a unique type of North American prairie grass species that grows within the United States and Canada and is especially prolific in the US tallgrass prairies and Great Plains

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Sorghastrum Nutans- Indian Grass

Getting to Know Sorghastrum Nutans

An Introduction to Sorghastrum Nutans

Sorghastrum Nutans, also known as Yellow Indiangrass or just Indiangrass, is a unique type of North American prairie grass species that grow within the United States and Canada and is extraordinarily prolific in the US tallgrass prairies and Great Plains regions. Sorghastrum Nutans falls within the scientific classification family known as Poaceae, a huge family that contains many different groups and species of flowering and non-flowering grasses. A Detailed Look at Sorghastrum Nutans Sorghastrum Nutans is referred to by botanists as a perennial bunchgrass that occurs during the warmer seasons. The grass grows quite high reaching up to 7 feet or 2 meters tall upon full plant maturity. Due to the grass being extremely intolerant of shade, its height will be extremely stunted if the grass is not exposed to an abundant amount of non-shaded sunlight. One of the unique characteristics of the green is the ligule that is shaped very similarly to a rifle sight. It is at this part of the plant where the leaf sheath connects to the thin leaf blade. The leaf of the Sorghastrum Nutans typically grows to approximately 3 feet or 1 meter in length. The plant usually blooms in the late summer months or early autumn. Once in bloom, the plant produces small clusters known as panicles, which in turn contain spikelets. The spikelets are typically a golden brown color, with each providing a yellow colored stamen and a pair of yellow stigmas. These plant features help the grass to cross-pollinate through wind disbursement. The Many Uses of Sorghastrum Nutans The Sorghastrum Nutans grass has many practical uses. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services regularly uses it for erosion control, as the grass has a thick root system that runs quite deep into the soil. The herb is also used for wildlife habitat restoration, as it is easy to plant and typically self-propagates quite quickly and without many inhibiting issues.

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