Audubon® Indian grass
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Indian Grass brings a touch of grandeur to your garden. Sporting a shock of stately plumes that rise from a thick tuft of blue-green foliage, this classic native Fringe makes a strong vertical statement in your landscape. Use it as a repeating element in a naturalistic prairie planting to add rhythm and structure to a mix of wildflowers. In fall and winter, the lofty spires of Indian Grass serve as perches for finches and sparrows, who graze on the seeds. In summer, songbirds forage among the leafy blades for grasshoppers and caterpillars to bring home to their hungry chicks. A bountiful, beneficial beauty!
May Benefit & Attract: Finches, sparrows, and songbirds
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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A major component of the majestic tallgrass prairies that once covered the midwestern states, Indian Grass—along with Big Bluestem, Little Bluestem, and Switch Grass—performed vital roles in the ecosystem. Besides serving as food for birds and insects, Indian Grass was prime forage for roaming herds of bison. Its roots also helped to bind the soil and prevent erosion (which was undone before the Dust Bowl). Though it’s most common to the Midwest, this prolific reseeder has established a native range stretching beyond the prairie states. It grows wild from Montana to Arizona and east to the East Coast.
Another important function that Indian Grass performs is to provide habitat for birds that forage or nest on the ground. In rural areas, field sparrows, mourning doves, bobwhite quail, pheasants, and greater prairie chickens value its safe cover from predators.
How to Grow
Indian Grass is a bold plant for sunny, open spaces. It prefers deep, loamy soil of average moisture or a little on the dry side. Go easy on the irrigation once established and don’t overfertilize, as rich conditions may encourage floppy stems. With proper care, however, this species will hold itself upright well into winter. Cut stems down in early spring to make way for new growth. Indian Grass is a warm-season grower, so it takes a while to get started in the spring. It will quickly make up for lost time when the days heat up.
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