Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed
Prairie Dropseed Grass
DetailsPrairie Dropseed Grass (Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed) is widely considered to be one of our finest native grass species. Wide-ranging in nature, it's found across nearly two-thirds of the US. Well adapted to a wide variety of growing conditions and soil types (including clay), the finely textured grass blades make this clumping grass exceeding graceful and in constant motion with even the slightest breeze. The showy see-through flowering seed heads appear in late summer and hold beautifully through the winter. And seed-eating songbirds seek out this grass for food. Sporobolus also has golden fall color; an outstanding grass with four seasons of ornamental interest. Plant with other prairie wildflowers like Prairie Sage (Salvia azurea), Goldenrod (Solidago), Blazing Star (Liatris) and Little Blue Stem (Schizachrium).
HBL2731 (Plant - 3.25" deep pot)
HBL2709 (Flat of 9 Plants)
|Common Name||Prairie Dropseed Grass|
|Botanical Name||Sporobolus heterolepis 'Prairie Dropseed'|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||24-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||24-36" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late summer to early fall|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Average, Well Draining, Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Easy to grow, Native, Winter Interest, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Good for Erosion Control, Pest / Disease Resistant, Multiplies / Naturalizes|
|Ideal Region||Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.
Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.
Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).
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Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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