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Blue Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans ‘Indian Steel’

Sorghastrum

<i>Sorghastrum nutans</i> ‘Indian Steel’

Endemic to Missouri’s prairies, glades and open forests, this aristocratic, warm season selection unleashes slim, steely blue-green blades that sculpt a distinctive vertical, yet somewhat open foundation. Perched on staunch, straight flowering stems well above the dramatic foliage, a feathery array of copper-colored panicles, embellished with decorative yellow pollen sacs, delight birds, garden designers and florists alike, while projecting cozy, light chestnut hues for winter interest. ‘Indian Steel’s low maintenance, clump-forming habit beams sunny yellow autumn foliage, plus adapts to heavy clay, shallow rocky soil and dry conditions once established, but dislikes rich sites.

Blooms August–September

Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Ogle over Oakleaf Hydrangeas...

Large showy conical panicles and bold unmatched foliar texture are the hallmark of these stylish long-lived deciduous shrubs. Perfect for fresh or dried arrangements, the well-endowed lacy blooms unfurl in ivory to dusky rose shades from July through late summer. Broad lobed dark green leaves remain evergreen in warmer climates and signal autumn with cozy scarlet and burgundy tones. Appreciative of dappled afternoon shade, Hydrangea quercifolias boast easy-care habits, handle occasional dry conditions and respond readily to pruning. Be sure to check out our Oakleaf Hydrangea selections in the shrub section of our website. 

November Pizzazz...

November’s shorter days and cooler nights have ignited the garden with spectacular foliar color. An array of woody plants coupled with herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses promote an abundance of beckoning late season pizzazz. The plants included in this newsletter afford either ample berries, late blooms, commanding leaves or tasteful branching patterns.

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