Indiangrass is a native, warm season perennial bunchgrass that grows 3-8’ tall. Indiangrass is found throughout Texas, but is most common in the eastern two-thirds of the state and in the Panhandle. It is also found in high elevation sites in the Trans Pecos. Indiangrass is good livestock forage and large colonies of the species provide excellent cover for wildlife. Cheyenne Indiangrass is a common component of range and wildlife habitat seed mixes and for erosion control plantings along rights-of-ways.
Cheyenne Indiangrass was released in 1945 by the Manhattan, Kansas Plant Materials Center. The release originates from seed collected from native plants near Fort Supply, Oklahoma. When grown in Texas, Cheyenne Indiangrass is generally smaller in stature than Lometa or Wilson Indiangrasses. Cheyenne is recommended for use in the northern third of Texas, the Panhandle, and in the Blackland Prairie. Indiangrass is considered one of the “big 4” native grasses of the Tallgrass Prairies of Texas and the Great Plains. It was likely much more abundant prior to overgrazing and the cultivation of large expanses of prairies and native grasslands.
Planting: Plant in the spring at a rate of 3-5 lbs. pure live seed (PLS) per acre.
Soil: Grows in a variety of soils.
Height: 3-7 feet
Type: Warm Season Perennial
Region: High Plains, Rolling Plains, Cross Timbers and Prairies, northern Post Oak Savannah, northern Blackland Prairies, northern Piney Woods
For more information: Cheyenne Indiangrass Brochure from USDA NRCS