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Prairie Dropseed - Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed - Sporobolus heterolepis

Sporobolus heterolepis, or Prairie Dropseed, is a short perennial prairie grass native to parts of Michigan and the UP. Plant typically reaches 2 feet tall, though flowers may reach 3 feet, with a polite clumping habit accentuated by graceful, arching, fine-textured foliage.


August flowers are pink-tinged and fragrant. It thrives and blooms in warm weather. Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained or rocky soils in full sun, but tolerates wide range of soils, including heavy clays and moist locations. Good drought tolerance. Slow-growing and does not freely self-seed in the garden - very well-mannered for those seeking a more formal look.


Turning golden-orange to bronze in fall and winter, this plant adds winter interest.  Makes a well-mannered garden or edging plant.  Also works as a dry-soil ground cover or among large rocks.  The seeds of Prairie Dropseed are enthusiasticaly eaten by Sparrows and Juncos, making it a good choice for bird gardens. 

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