Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $5.00

Very thin, emerald green leaves form a dense arching tuft. Seed heads form in August and give off a distinct aroma. These graceful clumps turn showy light tan, yellow or deep orange in fall. Provides food and cover for wildlife.

Very thin, emerald green leaves form a dense arching tuft. Seed heads form in August and give off a distinct aroma. These graceful clumps turn showy light tan, yellow or deep orange in fall. Provides food and cover for wildlife.

Looks great toward the front of the border or weaving in and out of taller flowering plants. Use in native plant gardens, naturalized areas, prairies and meadows. Excellent in massed plantings. Provides food and cover for wildlife.

Snow does not flatten the plant, so it is visible even in winter.

Native Environment: Prairie, Glade, Savanna/Woodland
Family: Poaceae
Zone: 3 - 9
USDA Map: SPHE
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Bloom Time:  August to October
Color: Pink, Yellow, Green, Brown
Water Use: Low
Maintenance: Low
Light Requirement: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry to Moderate
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Slow growing and slow to establish
Season of Interest: All year
Wildlife Benefit: Cover, Food for Birds, Food for Small Animals
Special Usage: Ground Cover, Naturalize, Rain Garden, Winter Interest, Fragrant
Attracts: Birds
Value to Beneficial Insects: Provides nesting materials/Structure for Native Bees
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut, Air Pollution