Sorghastrum nutans description:
Upright, feathery flower heads in the autumn and winter.
Foliage turns a yellowy-orange in the autumn.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for providing movement and form to the middle of a flower bed, or by a patio and it is very easy in most soils, including heavy or clay ones provided the drainage isn’t poor.
Other common name: Indian Grass.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a small gap.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil, also tolerates a clay soil provided it is dryish.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture, or dryish, stony soil. Goes rather ‘floppy’ in moist soils.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, provided the drainage is good.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Can trim back old growth in early spring.
Size of plant:
Height 170 cm.
Spread 60 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 3 plants per square metre.
Purchase Ornamental grasses to add height and lovely rustling sounds to a garden.