Wright's dropseed

Sporobolus wrightii

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Wright's dropseed (Sporobolus wrightii)
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Genus:  Sporobolus
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 Characteristics:  This tall grass has a very tough constitution.
Care:  Provide full sun to light shade. It tolerates a wide variety of soils.
Propagation:  Divide clumps, or sow seed in situ, in spring or fall.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Grasses

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