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Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed

This North American native grass displays fine texture with very thin, deep green grass blades that arch to form a dense, flowing clump. The open flower panicles are shades of pink and brown with a coriander scent and provide a bountiful food source for many birds. Great for landscape grouping!

Benefits

Nectar boon for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
Sun loving and drought tolerating
Unusual fragrant flowers and seed
Arching stalks offer shelter for many birds
Abundant seed is a bonanza for birds
Very effective in mass plantings

Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Native Trivia

Songbird populations have dropped 70 percent in the last decade. Loss of native habitat has been a key factor in the decline making the use of a mix of native plants crucial for the living landscape.


"This plant's feathery seed stalks are a seed smorgasbord for me and my friends!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Grasses
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Fall
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Edging
Erosion control
Fragrant
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Rock garden