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Sporobolus heterolepis

$17.99
Common Name:
Prairie Dropseed
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Exposure:
Sun
Hardiness Zone:
3-9
Bloom Color:
Brown
Bloom Time:
Summer
Garden Height:
24-36 Inches
Garden Spread:
24-36 Inches
  • Versatile small grass excellent for dry spots & poor soils
  • One of the few ornamental grasses with a fragrant flower!
  • Important component of mixed-grass prairies that once covered much of the eastern U.S.

Prairie Dropseed is a gorgeous grass with fine textured, deep green foliage and gracefully airy plumes. The flowers appear in the fall and have a slight fragrance to them which is similar to coriander. The hair-like foliage turns a stunning orange color in the fall adding even more interest. This grass makes a well defined border edge and adds a distinctive, wild look to the landscape. Provides nesting material for our native bees, and birds will love the seeds. A staff favorite! Native to eastern and midwestern U.S.

Uses: Borders, Containers, Cottage Gardens, Edging, Erosion Control, Flower Beds, Ground Cover, Landscapes, Mass Planting, Meadows, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Rock Gardens, Slopes, Xeriscaping
Nature Attraction: Bees, Songbirds
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Drought & Heat Tolerant, Fragrant Flowers, Autumn/Winter Interest, Native
Growth Habit: Arching Mound

Homeowner Growing Tips: Plant in soil with average to high fertility. Can tolerate clay soil, but does best in well-drained, dryer soil; tolerates shallow, rocky soils well. Extremely heat and drought tolerant once established. Slow to mature, but worth the wait, and has little to no need for division.

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