Plants We Love: Prairie Dropseed

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is an adaptable bunchgrass with flowing emerald green leaves.
Author:
Publish date:
Image placeholder title

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.

Read more about prairie dropseed

What plants do you love? Horticulture wants to know.