Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis
Plant Type: Grasses / Sedges / Rushes
Native Environment: Glade, Prairie, Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Orange, Yellow

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Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

18 to
30
inches

Spread:

24 to
30
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
30
inches
Spread: 24 to
30
inches
Size
Height: 18 to
30
inches
Spread: 24 to
30
inches
Typical Landscape Use
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.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Tough and drought tolerant. Grow in full sun in dry to average soil. Spaced evenly 24-36 inches apart, it can make a formal ground cover.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant, Ground Cover
Basic Description

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.

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