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Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)

Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
Sporobolus-heterolepis-Northern-Dropseed-plant Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) in May with Prairie Smoke and Prairie Phlox Sporobolus-heterolepis-Northern-Prairie-Dropseed-landscaping-at-a-curbside-boulevard Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) in Aug with Nodding Onion and Orange Coneflower sporobolus-heterolepis-prairie-dropseed Sporobolus_heterolepis_Northern_Dropseed_seed Sporobolus-heterolepis-Praiaire-Dropseed-root prairie-moon-tray-of-potted-plants

When planning your garden it is very easy to get caught up in the beauty and splendor of bold and colorful flowers. However, one must not forget about that massive family of flowering plants, the grasses. A great choice of grass for your native landscape is Prairie Dropseed, also called Northern Dropseed. Native to most of eastern North America, this species really hits its stride in the midwestern prairies. It has a wonderful tussock-forming growth habit and takes on a nice golden hue all throughout the fall and winter. Being a C4 plant, it excels in hot, dry conditions where it can really soak up the sun. As with many prairie species, it responds well to fire. The seeds of this species, which drop in the fall, are a great food for seed eating birds.  Sadly, in many areas of its range Prairie Dropseed populations are in decline. Adding this species to your landscape is a great way to lend a helping hand in the persistence of prairie dropseed well into the future along with bringing a different element to your native landscape.  

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).

Potted plants come in a tray of 38 plants and ship mid-May through mid-July. Click here if you prefer to mix/match up to 6 species in a tray.

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Catalog Number SPO06G
Germination Code A
Seeds / Packet 300
Seeds / Ounce 16,000
Wetland Code FACU
USDA Zones 3-9
Plant Spacing 2-3'
Pure Live Seed=PLS Sold PLS. example: if you buy 1 lb and the PLS is 80%, you receive 1.25 lbs bulk
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic  Dry 
Height 3 feet 
Bloom Color Green  Brown 
Bloom Time Aug  Sept  Oct 
Plant Type Grasses & Rushes (Juncus) 
Availability Seeds  Roots  Pots 
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Packet $2.00
1/4 oz. $3.20
1/2 oz. $5.20
1 oz. $8.00
1 lb. $120.00
Bare Root Plants

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1 - 2 $9.00
3 - 11 $8.00
12 - 35 $5.60
Potted Plants

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Tray of 38 $92.00
 
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Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) in May with Prairie Smoke and Prairie Phlox
Sporobolus-heterolepis-Northern-Prairie-Dropseed-landscaping-at-a-curbside-boulevard
Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed) in Aug with Nodding Onion and Orange Coneflower
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Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
*This map shows the current natural distribution of this species. Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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Present in state Present in county, native to state Present in county, not native to state  
Not present in state Present historically, now extirpated    
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