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
#1 Field


SALE $8.25 Frequently available
#1 Field SALE $9.00 Frequently available
#1 Field SALE $9.15 Frequently available
#1 Field SALE $9.78 Frequently available
#1 Field SALE $10.71 Frequently available
#2 Field SALE $21.12 Frequently available
#3 Field SALE $25.50 Frequently available
18 Flat Field SALE $56.70 Frequently available
32 Flat Field SALE $62.88 Frequently available
50ct Plug Deep Flat Field SALE $71.25 Frequently available
5x#1 Field SALE $38.81 Frequently available

Why Like Many birds rely on the seeds of this native grass.
Named Cultivars Sporobolus heterolepis 'Golden Prairie', Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'
Plant Data
Mature Size 24 - 36 inches tall. 18 - 24 inches wide.
Growth Rate Slow
Moisture Tolerance Widely Adaptable
Zones 3a - 9b
Tags Illinois Native, Grasses, Most Popular, Popular For Fall Fall Blooming Perennials, Ornamental Grass
Bloom Period August to October
Flower Color Pink And Brown-Tinted
Animals That Use It


More Info from Experts
Planted 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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