This native prairie grass is prized for it's showy fountain of soft foliage. It is excellent for border planting and as individual accent plants. In the fall it the fall it forms seedpods that drop from the stems - for those looking for a true North American native this grass originates from the midwestern prairie. Although it is increasing in popularity, prairie dropseed is still a very underutilized plant with tons of potential. In the summer long drooping tufts of golden/green grass grow from the base of the plant in all directions creating an upright mop that lays over more as it grows. By fall the grass has beautiful tassles that fold over the lanscape for very clean and natural look. As fall approaches small seed pods sprout from the tuffs a move skyward creating additional vertical interest from the plant. If you are looking for a clean, easy to grow native grass with tons of character prairie dropseed is a great choice.
*Photo Credit: Walter Gardens
|Bloom Period:||Early Summer|
|Genus & Species:||Sporobolus heterolepis|
|Mature Height:||24 to 36 inches|
|Mature Spread:||24 to 48 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||24 inches or more|
|Planting Depth:||Crown even with the soil|
|Planting Time:||Spring or Fall Planting|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil|
|Sun Exposure:||Full Sun|
|Zone:||3 to 8|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Prairie Dropseed Grass
Prairie dropseed is a native grass that is easily grown in sandy, dry, well drained areas.