Sporobolus heterolepis Tara

Prairie Dropseed

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Shorter and more upright than the species; the fine-textured, vase-shaped foliage turns a gorgeous toasty orange red in autumn. Scented seed heads rise well above the foliage offering a welcome feast for songbirds. Oh fiddle dee dee, you might just want two or three! Sporobolus Tara produces more seed heads with consistent height and does not freely self-seed. Due to its shorter stature, it is a perfectly suited ornamental grass for rock gardens and foreground plantings.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Short 1' (2' in flower)
Spacing: Plant 2-3' apart
Bloom Time: Late Summer to Mid-Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Not Applicable
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Winter Interest

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.