Ornamental Grass

Sporobolus heterolepsis

Prairie Dropseed

  • Clump forming
  • Native
  • Fine texture with very thin, deep green arching grass blades
  • Golden and orange foliage hues in the fall
  • Fragrant flowers in shades of pink and brown
  • Attracts birds
  • Great alone or in groups
This clump forming American Beauties grass is one of the signature North American native grasses and has a decidedly fine texture with very thin, deep green grass blades arching over to form a thick dense clump in the landscape. Prarie Dropseed is unique for its tremendous fall color as foliage turns golden as the weather cools with orange hues, and for its open panicled flower in shades of pink and brown that carries a striking coriander scent. Even more spectacular than this selection's color and flowering is its attractiveness to native birds. Round, tiny seeds drop from mature flowers to the base of the plant giving this sun loving, dry soil tolerating plant its interesting name and providing a bountiful food source. Use this grass singly or in large groups to great effect in your garden and for bird watching!
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native
Native
Full Sun
Full Sun

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