Sporobolus Heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed, Ornamental Grass
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Scented Airy Plumes
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 fragrant plumes starting in late summer reaching 3'. Plumes have a scent reminiscent of coriander. Deep roots make this a good choice for a sunny slope. Foliage turns bronze in the fall.

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Code SPHE
Patent
Plant Type Perennials, Grasses
Species
Height Medium 22" (3' in flower)
Spacing Plant 24" apart
Bloom Time Late Summer to Early Fall
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Zones
3-9
Soil Type Normal, Clay
Water Needs Low
Sold In Plantable Pots

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Fragrant
  • Winter Interest

Planting Sites

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant

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. Ornamental Grasses are restricted from Idaho and Oregon. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

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.