Harper, Bonnie L.
Sporobolus heterolepis (Gray) Gray
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Prairie dropseed is a fine-textured, distinctive bunchgrass with leaves that curve gracefully outward forming large, round tufts. Delicate seedheads appear above the tuft in midsummer, rising 2 ft. high. Fall color is tan-bronze. Prairie dropseed is a perennial.
Snow does not flatten the plant, so it is visible even in winter.
Image Gallery: 8 photo(s) available
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
AR , CO , CT , GA , IL , IN , IA , KS , KY , MD , MA , MI , MN , MO , MT , NE , NM , NY , NC , ND , OH , OK , PA , SD , VA , WI , WY Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
Que. to Sask., locally s. to NC, KY, e. TX & CO; also reported from MT Native Habitat:
Dry prairies USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Slow growing and slow to establish.
A clump forming warm season grass.
Foliage turns golden with orange hues in fall, fading to light bronze in winter.
Flowers have pink and brown tints, but are perhaps most noted for their unique fragrance.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes