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JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Sporobolus airoides

Alkali Dropseed

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Item #: 3551

Zones: 4a to 9b, at least

Height: 60" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Alkali dropseed must qualify as one of the least-known and most ornamental of the native grasses. Tolerant of extreme drought as well as alkaline soils, and with a range from South Dakota to Texas, you would think that it would be recognized by now. A single plant will quickly produce a 3' tall x 6' wide clump of grey-green foliage. In midsummer and into early fall, the clump is topped with graceful 5-6' tall flower panicles of a delicious golden bronze. Based on our trials, we think this is going to be a real winner!