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Sporobolus compositus var. compositus (Poir.) Merr.
Composite dropseed, Tall dropseed
Synonyms: Sporobolus asper
USDA Symbol: SPCOC2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Tall dropseed is a 2-4 ft., perennial bunchgrass with stout culms in small tufts. A long, narrow, inflorescence stays partly hidden inside the sheath. Foliage turns purple in the fall, eventually becoming tan.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , AZ , CO , CT , DE , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: NB Native Distribution:
VT to e. WA, s. to LA & AZ Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Open woodlands USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Ohio Prairie Nursery
- Hiram, OH
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-45
Collected 2006-11-03 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff