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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Grass (Native Species)


Chris Grondahl photo: Indiangrass (inset shows head of grass
Chris Grondahl
  Indiangrass
(Sorghastrum nutans)

Distribution: central and eastern North Dakota
Habitat: commonly associated with big bluestem in deep soils
Description: Warm season, perennial tallgrass. Seeds are in dense, elongated, spikes at the ends of the stem. Golden-yellowish in color.
Height: 2-6 feet
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Indian grass is a favorite forage for livestock and makes good hay. Lakota name for Indiangrass translates to "red grass with fluffy light-colored end."


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