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 in mass. Long-lived and trouble free. Rarely self-seeds. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat, until established.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 18 in. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:spoh-ROB-ah-lus het-er-OH-le-pisDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:MoundingGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 18 in. 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:BrownGarden styleRusticCompanion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Phlox (Phlox); Aster (Aster); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationTolerates a wide range of soils, including heavy clay. Best in dryish, rocky soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Good drought tolerance when established. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat, until established.
- 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.