Prairie dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepsis

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)
spoor-OB-oh-lus het-er-oh-LEP-siss
Genus:  Sporobolus

The finely textured, green leaves of this slow-growing, clump-forming perennial turn golden yellow in autumn. It bears cloudy panicles of fragrant, pale-pink to tawny flowers 5 to 10 inches long in late summer, reaching 3 feet tall.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Native of western North America. Good dried flower. Heat and drought tolerant. The flowers smell like coriander.

Care: 

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun. These plants prefer dry and rocky, but are tolerant of a wide range of soils.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in situ in spring or fall. Divide in spring or fall.

Problems: 

Root rot, rust, seed smut, leaf spots

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Fragrant Foliage,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Brown,
Pink
Uses
Ground Covers,
Roadside
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Grasses

Sporobolus heterolepsis