Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)
spoor-OB-oh-lus heterolepis

Deciduous Perennial Arching, Clump in the Poaceae Family
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Size Notes Price Availability
#2 gallon Field $22.09 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
#3 gallon Field $30.23 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
18 Flat Field $64.17 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
32 Flat Field $71.42 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
38 Flat Field $97.19 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
50ct Plug Deep Flat Field $85.25 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
Tray of 10 4" pots Field $59.68 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23
Tray of 6 #1 gallons Field

Small & Well-Rooted

$71.01 Likely available
6/22 - 6/25
7/6 - 7/9
7/20 - 7/23


A preferred native grass for prairie gardens, Prairie Dropseed adds a touch of elegance to any planting. A burst of flowering panicles on slender stems float above the tufted grass in late summer in tints of pink and brown. The bloom has a unique fragrance with hints of coriander. In fall the foliage color turns to hues of gold. Considered by many to be the most handsome of the prairie grasses, Prairie Dropseed makes a well-defined and distinctive border when planted 18 to 24 inches apart. Plains Indians ground the seed to make a tasty flour. Plant the seed in fall or early spring for best results.

Why Like Many birds rely on the seeds of this native grass.

Plant Data

Mature Size 24 - 48 inches tall. 18 - 24 inches wide.
Growth Rate Slow
Moisture Tolerance Dry - Medium: Widely Adaptable
Zones 3a - 9b
Tags Attracts Birds, Deciduous, Drought Tolerant, Dry, Full Sun, Grasses, Illinois Native, Medium, Most Popular, Native to North America, Perennial, Popular For Fall Fall Blooming Perennials, Ornamental Grass
Bloom Period August to September
Flower Color Pink And Brown-Tinted
Foliage Color
Animals That Use It



More Info from Experts

Commonly Planted with...

Echinops (Globe Thistle) Eryngium yuccafolium (Rattlesnake Master) Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) Monarda (Beebalm) Solidago (Goldenrod)

Photos of This with...

Bull's Blood Beet, Birch, Green Mountain Boxwood, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, Beyond Blue Blue Fescue, China Boy Holly, Daub's Frosted Juniper, Sweet Bay Magnolia, Gracillimus Maiden Grass, Wild Petunia, Everlow Yew,
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