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Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

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Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

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Bird Friendly
Deer Resistant
Dwarf Variety

Botanical Name

Sporobolus heterolepis

Outdoor Growing zone

3-9

Mature Height

1-2

Mature Width

3-4

Sun needs

Full Sun

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AK, CA, HI, PR

Prairie Dropseed is a fascinating ornamental grass with a unique look. The very fine, thread-like foliage forms a dense, arching clump about 2 feet tall and wide. It is a fresh bright green, turning gold and orange for fall and winter. Sprays of pinkish flowers grow up in summer and through fall, with a unique fragrance. Its smaller size makes it perfect in small gardens, and for the front of beds. Very drought resistant, it is terrific for dry, rocky places, slopes, banks and retaining walls. This native plant is a key part of prairie planting, and looks great with other flowers and grasses from the prairies.

  • Unique fine-foliaged smaller ornamental grass
  • Attractive bright green leaves form a arching mound
  • Turns gold and orange in fall, standing all winter
  • Very drought resistant and grows in poor soil
  • Flowers have a unique coriander fragrance

Full sun is ideal for the Prairie Dropseed, which grows best in well-drained soils, from sands to heavy clays, preferring poor, rocky soils. Once established it is very drought resistant, and great for xeric gardens. Normally free of pests or diseases, and untroubled by deer or rabbits. It is very easy to grow, and simply needs an annual cut-down, in late fall or early spring.

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