Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

  • An elegant native; fine green leaves and its seed stems emerge directly from the base
  • Pink flowers turn tan coloured in the fall
  • Delicate seedheads stand 50 cm above the rest of the foliage
  • Foliage fall colour is orange turning to tan for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower height: 100 cm
  • Foliage height: 60 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

ZONE:
3

COLOUR:
Pink (pale)

HEIGHT:
60-100 cm

SPREAD:
45-60 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Sporobolus are drought-tolerant, growing best in sandy or rocky soils in full sun. Growing slowly, they are very low-maintenance.

Additional Notes about Prairie Dropseed:


Native to Ontario and much of North America

 Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring.  They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to mid summer.  They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter.  Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

Sparrows and other small birds love the seeds.

Characteristics & Attributes


GROWTH RATE:
Slow
ATTRIBUTES:
Deciduous
Fall Color
FLOWERING TIME:
Fall
Lt. Sum-Fall
HABIT:
Clumping
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green
LANDSCAPE USES:
Naturalizing