Prairie Dropseed – Native Grass

General Information

Prairie Dropseed is a clump forming perennial grass.  It naturally occurs in prairies, meadow and open ground near railroads.  The green foliage is finely textured with hair like leaves. It forms an arching mound of foliage. Fall foliage is golden orange turning bronze in winter. Flower panicles appear above the foliage in late summer with open, branching form.  They have hints of pink and brown. One thing that makes prairie dropseed unique is the fragrance of the flower heads which smells similar to coriander. In fall, the tiny rounded seeds mature and drop to the ground giving this prairie grass its name. Prairie Dropseed makes a wonderful ground cover. Excellent for dry, rocky soil. Can be used to help prevent erosion on hillsides and slopes. Great for meadow, native or prairie plantings. Can be used as an accent plant.  Use in foundation plantings and borders.

Additional Information

Sporobolus heterolepis grows best in Full Sun. It will grow 18-36″ tall with a spread of 18-24″. Plant in zones 3 to 9. Tolerates air pollution. Black Walnut tolerant. Attracts birds. Drought tolerant. Deer tolerant.

Care & Shipping Notes

Plant in average to dry, well drained soil.  The Prairie Dropseed will tolerate a variety of soil types, including clay.  This hardy grass prefers dry, rocky soil. No serious insect or disease problems. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.


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Mature Width 18 to 24 Inches
Mature Height 18 to 36 Inches
Light Full Sun
Planting Zone 3 to 9

Planting Zone Map

US Planting Zones


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