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 …
|Soil Type||Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Medium|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Height||2' - 4'|
|Bloom Color||Green, Cream|
|Bloom Time||Aug, Sep|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|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).