Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis

A preferred native grass for prairie gardens, Prairie Dropseed adds a touch of elegance to any planting. A burst of flowering panicles on slender stems float above the tufted grass in late summer in tints …

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49050-03 / 29050
Plants 3" Pots Sold Out
1-4 $6.99 ea.
5-10 $5.99 ea.
11-31 $4.99 ea.
32+ $3.99 ea.
Seeds 14,000 seeds/oz
Oz $25.00
1/4 Lb $75.00
1/2 Lb $135.00
Lb $225.00
Cultural Details
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Height 2' - 4'
Bloom Color Green, Cream
Bloom Time Aug, Sep
Spacing 2'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Birds, Deer Resistant
Seeds per Oz 14000
Propagation Treatment Dry Stratification, Moist Stratification
Days to Moist Stratify 30 days
Direct Sowing Time Early Spring, Fall

Prairie Dropseed adds a touch of elegance to any planting. A burst of flowering panicles in tints of pink and brown float above the tufted base on slender stems in late summer. The bloom has a unique fragrance with hints of coriander. In fall the foliage color turns to hues of gold. Considered by many to be the most handsome of all prairie grasses, Prairie Dropseed is a desirable native grass for any garden. Create a well-defined and distinctive border with Prairie Dropseed by placing new transplants 18 to 24 inches apart. 

A host plant for six species of butterflies or moths, including the endangered Poweshiek Skipperling and the threatened Dakota Skipper, Prairie Dropseed is listed as an endangered species in five states: Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania (U.S.D.A. 2019).