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Sporobolus heterolepis
@ US Botanical Garden, DC

Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed

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Item #: 2603

Zones: 3a to 9b

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

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

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Why the prairie dropseed isn't grown more is amazing. This small native prairie grass, found from Canada to Texas, is a winner in the garden. The very fine-textured leaves arch upward and outward to form a very graceful clump to 18" wide. In late summer, the clumps are topped with misty plumes rising well above the foliage. In fall, the entire clump turns a wonderful bright gold. Prairie dropseed prefers well-drained soils, and although quite drought-tolerant, the ornamental value is enhanced with an occasional summer watering.