Indian Grass
Indian Grass

Keep your eyes open as you visit prairies and dry fields in southern and western Wisconsin, sand plains in central parts of the state, and other sandy areas to the east for Indian grass. This grass can grow taller than you, measuring 3 to 10 feet tall. The head of the grass has "spikelets" that are golden-brown in color, clumped in plume-like masses. Its flowers are hidden in August and September by hairy scales on the outside. The leaves are long "blades" that reach from the stem 2 feet in the air at a 45 degree angle. The leaves are narrow and only measure ½" wide.

This grass is important to the tall-grass prairie and is a favorite food of grazing livestock. It is also hardy and can live through flooding and repeated fires. Look for it growing in pure stands in lowland areas.