Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed

Prairie Dropseed Grass

 

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Prairie Dropseed Grass (Sporobolus heterolepis) is considered to be one of our most ornamental native species. It has graceful, fine-textured foliage with see-through fall seed heads. An excellent performer in a wide range of conditions and soil types.

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Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Birds
Easy to grow
Native
Winter Interest
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Good for Erosion Control
Pest / Disease Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late summer to early fall
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. More shipping info Learn More…
SKU HBL27XX

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Prairie 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).
Associated SKUs
HBL27XX
HBL2731 (Plant - 3.25" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBL2709 (Flat of 9 Plants) - Out of stock.
Common Name Prairie Dropseed Grass
Botanical Name Sporobolus heterolepis 'Prairie Dropseed'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Wheat
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late summer to early fall
Native Yes
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

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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.

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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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