Bearing feathery quills of golden flowers on tall erect stems, this clump-forming grass is native to prairies and open woodlands over much of North America. Appearing in late summer, the flower heads are held high above fountaining tussocks of knee-high, narrow-bladed leaves that flex gracefully at their tips. The gray-green to metallic-blue leaves assume bright rust colors in fall before fading to parchment tones. The golden-tan flower heads turn burgundy and bronze as they ripen their seed.
Indiangrass succeeds on many soils, from sandy and moist to heavy and dry, as well as from acidic to moderately alkaline. Plant it in full sun and moist loam for most robust growth. It makes a beautiful vertical accent for the mixed border, a spacious foundation bed, or a meadow. Plants will self sow abundantly in favorable conditions. This stately grass is well-suited for American gardeners who seek a native alternative to silver grass (Miscanthus) or pampas grass (Cortaderia). (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Sorghastrum
Species - Nutans
Common name - Indian grass Tomahawk
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
Spread - 18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Plant type - Ornamental Grass
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand
Water requirements - Dry to medium
Care level - Easy
Landscape uses - Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Wildflower
Germination rate - 95%
Bloom season - Late Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Light brown with yellow stamens
|Germination||For a better results and very quick germination:|
1. Spray the seeds on the top of moist kitchen napkins. Wrap it. Place into the airtight zip lock bag and keep in refrigerator at +2-+5 C for 30-40 days.
You can use moist vermiculite or sterile and clean sand as well.
2. Sprinkle the stratified grass seed over the topsoil.
3. Tamp the seeds into the soil. Cover with the clear plastic.
4. Keep in light and warm place.
5. Keep soil moist but do not overwater.