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