Prairie Dropseed Grass


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Botanical Name: Sporobolus heterolepis
Height: 2-3′
Width: 2-3′
Exposure: Full to Part Sun
Flower Time: Summer
Flower Color: Wheat Colored Plume
Usage: Hedge, Borders, Foundation

A fine-textured grass for the landscape with tall, slender stalks that display airy, remarkably fragrant, light brown, late summer panicles. Dense, mounded foliage turns deep copper-gold in fall. Attractive accent, or easy care groundcover, if planted en masse. Long-lived and trouble free. Rarely self-seeds.  Native to Iowa Prairies.  Care – Tolerates a range of soils, including heavy clay; prefers slightly dry, rocky soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; allow to dry slightly between intervals. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.

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