Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

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.
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3 - 9

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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationspoh-ROB-ah-lus het-er-OH-le-pis
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide; 3 ft. tall in bloom.
Bloom TimeSummer to Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseErosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Wildlife Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureNorth American Native

Tolerates 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.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 3 - 9

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