Botanical Name: Sorghastrum nutans
Height: Tall. Clump-forming.
Season of bloom: Late summer.
Growing Conditions: Full sun. Most sources say it grows in sandy loam, which it does, but, honestly, it constantly surprises me. Our seed was locally collected from a population growing on coastal limestone pavements and at the sandy edge of marl-bottom wetlands. More dependent on root symbiosis than some other grasses but worth trying on almost any lively soil in full sun.
Wildlife benefits: All our native grasses have many subtle but important benefits.
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Yes. From seed collected in Bristol Township, Quebec.
Remarks: Classic warm-season prairie grass. Indicator species of high-quality, undisturbed sites.
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