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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!


  • 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

2-3 Feet


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
  • Sun
  • 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
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Erosion control
  • Fragrant
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Rock garden