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. Stop by and visit our garden center and nursery to talk with our staff about other plants in stock.