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Wright’s dropseed

Sporobolus wrightii

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Largely untried in the northern states, Wright’s dropseed is a great new grass that is becoming a substitute in southern gardens for unwieldy pampas grass ( Cortaderia selloana ). Heat and drought tolerant, its gray-green foliage sports airy clouds of flowers atop tall stems in summer. This grass is good as a single specimen or in a group as a showy backdrop.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis tall grass has a very tough constitution.

CareProvide full sun to light shade. It tolerates a wide variety of soils.

PropagationDivide clumps, or sow seed in situ, in spring or fall.

  • Genus : Sporobolus
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Grasses
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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