Sporobolus heterolepis

(Prairie Dropseed)


$19.99


Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Prairie dropseed is a clump-forming, warm season perennial grass. Ffine-textured, hair-like, medium green leaves typically form an arching foliage mound to 15" tall and 18" wide. Foliage turns golden with orange hues in fall, fading to light bronze in winter. Open, branching flower panicles appear on slender stems which rise well above the foliage clump in late summer to 30-36" tall. Flowers have pink and brown tints, but are perhaps most noted for their unique fragrance (hints of coriander). Tiny rounded mature seeds drop to the ground from their hulls in autumn giving rise to the descriptive common name.

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Description

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates wide range of soils, including heavy clays. Prefers dry, rocky soils. Good drought tolerance. Slow-growing and slow to establish. May be grown from seed but does not freely self-seed in the garden.

Additional information

Common Name

Prairie Dropseed

Botanical Name

Sporobolus heterolepis

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun

Height

2 to 3'

Width

2 to 3'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Low

Blooming Period

late summer

Flower Color

pink

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

Fall Color

golden yellow/orange

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