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Prairie Dropseed Grass

SKU: AM020074
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Prairie Dropseed Grass adds movement and texture to the landscape with gentle mounds of arching thread-like foliage. Open seed heads float above the foliage in fragrant puffs in summer, lasting through the fall when songbirds nibble the seeds. Foliage is glossy green in summer and golden orange in autumn. This deer-resistant native grass is a favored choice for garden design, mass planting, and stabilizing slopes. (Sporobolus heterolepis)
key features
Botanical Name
Sporobolus heterolepis
Native, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Winter Interest
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.


Prairie Dropseed Grass provides interest all year long with fine, arching blades arising from dense tufts. The clump-forming habit makes Prairie Dropseed a favored grass of garden designers. The plant also attracts winged admirers, who flock to the seed heads from late summer into winter. Watch for sparrows, juncos, and other songbirds. The blooms are pale pink to brown and have a delightful coriander-like fragrance. Prairie Dropseed is native to dry prairies from Quebec to Saskatchewan and south to Texas. The grass is considered endangered in several eastern states. Plants naturalize readily and tolerate black walnut trees. Provide a site with full sun. Prairie Dropseed prefers dry, well-drained soils but tolerates clay. Plants thrive in hot, dry planting sites. Plant as a groundcover or matrix planting beneath Milkweed and Butterfly Weed, Coneflowers, and Black-Eyed Susan.