Sporobolus heterolepis

Sporobolus heterolepis


Northern Dropseed Category:


Key Information:

Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 3 feet
Type: Warm-season, perennial, bunch grass
*Salt tolerant*

More Details:

Suggested Uses: Gorgeous and practical! This is a very attractive warm-season, medium-height, clump-forming grass that is excellent in gardens. It grows in dry, sandy and gravelly soils, as well as in well-drained garden soil. It has beautiful arching foliage and delicate paniculate seed-heads. The green foliage gives way to a rich golden color in the fall. Deer resistant.

Native Range: Native to the Midwest. Native throughout Minnesota except for the Northeast corner.

Wildlife Value: Host plant for a variety of moths and skipper butterflies, including the federally threatened Dakota Skipper (Hesperia dacotae) and the federally endangered Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek). Sparrows and songbirds enjoy the seeds!

Other Names: Prairie Dropseed

More information: USDA plant profile

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs

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