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Prairie Dropseed Grass

Sporobolus heterolepis
SKU: HC016221
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Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed Grass) 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.
key features
Botanical Name
Sporobolus heterolepis
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Winter Interest, Rock Gardens, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bloom Time
Late summer to early fall


Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed Grass) 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 fine 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). 

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