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Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'

Dwarf Prairie Dropseed

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Narrow fine textured blades create a tight upright habit that is slightly stiffer than the species and more compact. Silvery flowers are held above the foliage in fall and droop to the ground when fat with seeds. Flowers have a pleasant scent and the plant has a striking orange-red fall color.

Benefits

Prefers dry soils and is drought tolerant
Perfect for grouping in any sunny garden
Superb orange-red fall color
Birds love its abundant seed and great cover
Flower scent is unique

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefersn average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Adaptable to a range of soils, including heavy clays. Good drought tolerance.


Height
24-36 Inches

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Spread
8-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-7

Native Range

Open fields from Massachusetts west to Montana, south to New Mexico and Georgia

Native Trivia

For such an important native prairie plant, it's ironic that its unique fragrance gets all the attention! The scent has been described as buttered popcorn, cilantro, even Juicy Fruit gum! Plant some then take a whiff and decide for yourself.


"Some say this plant's flowers smell good but I love the taste of its seeds!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Heavy clay
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Light Green
Orange
Red
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Erosion control
Fragrant
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming