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Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

Pronunciation: spoh-ROB-ah-lus het-er-OH-le-pis
SKU #01208

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Description 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.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Summer to Fall
Mature Size Slowly reaches 18 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide; 36 in. tall in bloom.
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Easy Care, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Attributes Fragrant
Landscape Use Ground Cover
Flower Color Brown
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Coneflower (Echinacea); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Phlox (Phlox); Aster (Aster); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
Care 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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