Sporobolus Heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed, Ornamental Grass

Type: Perennials, Grasses, Groundcovers
Height: Medium 22" (3' in flower) (Plant 24" apart.)
Bloom Time: Late Summer to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower / Accent: Pink / Pink
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep
One of the most handsome and refined of the native grasses. Sporobolus Heterolepis makes a fine textured specimen in the garden or in a mass planting. Deep green foliage is topped with airy 2-3' plumes starting in late summer. Plumes have a scent reminiscent of coriander. Deep roots make this a good choice for a sunny slope. Foliage turns bronze in the fall.

Features to Note:

  • Fragrant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Winter Interest
  • Deer Resistant

Sporobolus General Information:

Sporobolus are easy to grow and low maintenance. Fine-textured foliage forms a dense arching tuft. Seed fronds provide food for songbirds. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, including rocky or clay, but prefers a well-draining site for best performance.

Sporobolus Plant Care:

Once established Sporobolus is long lived and needs little care. Drought tolerant, but requires regular watering for the first growing season to establish. Can be divided in Spring if desired. Tease out old, tired foliage in spring.

$11.95 ea.
(3+) $11.50 ea.
Ships: Spring 2017
Plant Code: SPHE