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Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis
Prairie Dropseed

Prairie Dropseed was one of the major components of the Midwestern prairie, and it is now a popular landscape plant — with good reason.

 It is perhaps the most ornamental of the native prairie grasses.

It grows in a clumping shape with deep green narrow leaves that arch downward.

In July it sends up numerous stalks with delicate, open panicles that shoot up over the clump.

In fall, the foliage turns a beautiful coppery orange color that later fades to cream.

Prairie Dropseed emits an unmistakable aroma that some say resembles a cross between cilantro and fresh-roasted nuts.

Easy, beautiful and hardy to a wide range of zones, its flowing look is a great choice for borders or mass plantings.

Prairie Dropseed is a warm season  grass with  green foliage .

Grows to a nice height of 2 feet, 3 feet with flower,  grow in sun,  and will tolerant  dry conditions.

Like to plume  flowers in  July

Hardy in  Zones 4-9

Origin: North America

This is a nice stout clumping grass and really doesn’t seem to need much care.  I have not noticed the aroma this grass gives off so this year I will be paying closer attention. I guess too many things going on in my gardening areas, just have to take time to smell the aroma.

Happy Gardening


Diane Mumm

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