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Indiangrass

Indiangrass

 

Indiangrass is a perennial warm-season grass in the Poaceae family. It is a native and dominant grass in the Tallgrass prairie. Indiangrass is readily recognized by its large golden-colored inflorescence (seed head) that flowers in the early fall. The inflorescence type of Indiangrass is a panicle of rames. The growth form of Indiangrass is rhizomatous.

Indiangrass occurs in a variety of soils and responds well to fire.

Indiangrass provides high-quality forage when it is green. It is grazed by livestock and considered a key management species in the prairie. It is a major component of seed mixtures for prairie restoration. White-tailed deer and rabbits consume it during the spring. Small mammals and birds use Indiangrass for cover.