Prairie Dropseed Grass

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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)
Zones 3 - 9
Attract Birds
Winter Interest
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 24-36" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeFoliage plant all season.

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

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.

More Information
Associated SKUsAM020074
AM020039 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM020040 (Tray of 16)
Common Name
Prairie Dropseed Grass
Botanical Name
Sporobolus heterolepis
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Foliage plant all season.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Dry Sites
Attract Birds, Native, Groundcover, Winter Interest, Deer Resistant
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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