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Plants We Love: Prairie Dropseed

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is an adaptable bunchgrass with flowing emerald green leaves.
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Plant name: Prairie dropseed

Botanical name: Sporobolus heterolepis

Virtues: Undemanding and highly ornamental. Works as a groundcover or an accent. Late-season interest.

Flower: Appear in late summer. Pinkish brown and fragrant.

Foliage: Fine, emerald green, 20 inches long. Turns golden in fall, brze in winter.

Habit: Clump-forming, mounding perennial grass

Season: Summer through fall

Origin: Canada to Texas

Cultivation: Grow this low-maintenance ornamental grass in full sun and well-drained average soil. Tolerates range of soils, including clay. Requires low to moderate water and tolerates drought. USDA Zones 3–9.

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