Grass, Prairie Dropseed



Description: The Grass 'Prairie Dropseed', Sporobolus heterolepis, is a Native American prairie plant. Prairie Dropseed produces a magnificent fountain of fine-textured, emerald green leaves, adding a touch of elegance to any planting. Considered by many to be the most handsome of the prairie grasses, it makes a well-defined and distinctive border when planted 18 to 24 inches apart. The seed head has a faint but unmistakable fragrance, often described as resembling a combination of fresh popcorn and cilantro.The highly nutritious seeds are much sought after by birds. Grows two feet high on any well-drained soil, and does particularly well on dry sand. It has an upright, arching growth habit. As the seed ripens, it droops over. The plant turns a golden yellow in the fall.

Common Name: Prairie Dropseed Grass

Scientific Name: Sporobolus heterolepsis

Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass

Exposure: Full Sun

Size: 2-3' Height, 2-3' Spread

Foliage Color: Green

Bloom Color: White, Tan

Bloom Period: August - October

Landscape Use: Garden pond, Beds, Mass Plantings, Outdoor Living Areas, Garden, Woodland Border

Soil: Wide soil tolerance

Zone: 3 - 9

Growth Rate: Slow

Companion Plants: Coneflower, Shasta Daisy, Salvia, Aster, Beebalm, Catmint


*Provides great winter intereset, Drought Tolerant, Attracts butterflies & birds


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