Sporobolus heterolepisItem #1208 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
A fine-textured grass for the landscape with tall, slender stalks that display airy, remarkably fragrant, light brown, late summer panicles. Dense, mounded foliage turns deep copper-gold in fall. Attractive accent, or easy care groundcover, if planted en masse. Long-lived and trouble free. Rarely self-seeds.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:spoh-ROB-ah-lus het-er-OH-le-pisDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth habit:MoundingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.Special features:Bird Friendly, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native SelectionFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer to FallFlower color:BrownFlower attributesFragrantGarden styleRusticCompanion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Phlox (Phlox); Aster (Aster); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationTolerates a range of soils, including heavy clay; prefers slightly dry, rocky soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; allow to dry slightly between intervals. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Sporobolus heterolepis is native to the mid-western United States, where it occurs in prairies, glades, and open ground throughout much of the central plains.