Yellow Indiangrass

Sorghastrum nutans



Stems grow from short, scaly rhizomes. The nodes are fuzzy. The leaf blades are wide and long with a long ligule that resembles rabbit ears when dry. The panicle is 8 to 12 inches long and bronze to yellow in color. The awns are about 1/2 inch long with a bend in the middle. They are closely twisted before the bend.

Yellow Indiangrass is a perennial, warm-season, native - 36 to 96 inches tall.

Good grazing for livestock. Fair grazing for wildlife.


Grows on bottomland and in protected places and is a premier grass of the tallgrass prairie.