Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis )-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Ornamental Grass

Prairie Dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed <em>Sporobolus heterolepis</em>
Prairie Dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis

Glossy green thread like foliage forming dense mounds. Yellow-orange fall color. Dense panicles of flowers that have a distinct sweet fragrance.

This is a clump forming warm season grass.

Prefers a well drained, dry site in full sun. Shade causes the plant to flop over. Drought tolerant. 
Mature Height
15-18 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 8 
Soil Conditions
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Prairie dropseed may take three years to develop and mature.

Additional Notes
Useful as a specimen or large scale ground cover. One of the few fragrant grasses. Good for hot, dry locations.


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