A component of the tallgrass prairie, this attractive and bold grass provides a tall upright form in meadow gardens. It is native to the central and eastern United States. The wide blue-green leaves can rise to 7 feet, developing a deep orange to purple hue in the fall. Very showy fluffy golden-brown flower spikes emerge in the early fall. It handles a wide range of conditions, growing well in sun to shade, and in dry to moist soils. Indian Grass is a larval host for butterflies.