Prairie Dropseed, Sporobolus heterolepsis

Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepsis

Benefits:
Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall
Zones: 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: White
Fragrance: Yes
Height: 2 - 4 feet
Spacing: 2 feet


Description

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis), also called Northern Dropseed, is a great choice of grass for your native landscape. When planning your garden, it is very easy to get caught up in the beauty and splendor of bold and colorful flowers. However, one must not forget about that massive family of flowering plants, the grasses.. When seed stalks emerge late summer, brush up against it for a cilantro smell. It has a wonderful tussock-forming growth habit and takes on a nice golden hue all throughout the fall and winter.

Prairie Dropseed, is a clump-forming, warm season, perennial grass which typically occurs in prairies, glades, open ground and along railroads.. Fine-textured, hair-like, medium green leaves (to 20 inches long and 1/16-inch wide) typically form an arching foliage mound to 15 inches tall and 18incheswide. 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 inches 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.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including heavy clays.

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Prefers dry, rocky soils.
  Good drought tolerance.
  Slow-growing and slow to establish.
  May be grown from seed.
  Does not freely self-seed in the garden.
  Ground cover for hot, dry areas.
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