CRCCD – Prairie Dropseed


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Sporobolus heterolepis


Soil: Well-drained
Moisture: Average to Dry (prefers dry)
Light: Full Sun
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Plant Width: 2 to 3 feet
Pests: None
Landscape Value: Great ground cover for hot, dry areas and rocky soils. Great planted en masse, in mixed plantings and the front of borders, along foundations, on slopes, and in rock gardens. Useful for erosion control.

Easy-to-grow, clump-forming grass, adding color and texture to the landscape through the season. Hair-like leaves form an arching mound, and turn coppery orange in the fall. Slow to establish, but long-lived. As a warm-season grass, leaves will not appear until warm weather (late May). Airy clusters of pinkish-brown flowers rise above the foliage and bloom in late summer. Flowers are fragrant with a scent resembling coriander and roasted nuts. Seeds drop to the ground in autumn, hence the plant’s name. Attracts seed-eating birds. Rarely self-seeds. Mature plants can be dug up after new growth emerges, divided in half and replanted. Provides nesting sites and materials for native bees. Tolerates deer, black walnut, drought, shallow-rocky soil, clay soil, salt, and erosion. Extremely cold hardy.

5-pint pot