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Indiangrass

Indiangrass is the 2nd most important native grass next to Big Bluestem. Indiangrass spreads by seeds as well as short, rhizomes under the ground. The seedlings are very drought tolerant and can grow in a wide range of conditions, making it a useful component in waterways, native grass restoration programs, producing native praires like the ones which once dominated central and eastern United States.

Indiangrass grows more rapidly in reference to the other native grasses and can grow to a height of 4-6 feet. Indiangrass is very nutritious and palatable and is an used in pastures, haymaking and extensivley in mixtures for native grass restorations.

Establishment

Plant 1/4: deep.

Management

Native grasses are slow establishing and weed control is vital during stand development. When grazing or cutting, do not graze Indiangrass under 8 inch heighth and do not cut/graze until it is at least 16 inches tall. Do not graze it below 8 inches. A rest before frost is a good idea to give the plant time to store carbohydrates in the stems and crowns. If cutting for hay cut the 1st crop early while it is still leafy and before it heads out.

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