Go Back Priarie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis
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Plant Type: Grasses

Prairie dropseed is a clump-forming, warm season, Missouri native perennial grass which occurs in prairies, glades, open ground and along railroads throughout much of the State. Fine-textured, hair-like, medium green leaves (to 20" long and 1/16" wide) typically form an arching foliage mound to 15" tall and 18" wide. Foliage turns golden with orange hues in fall, fading to light bronze in winter. Open, branching flower panicles appear on slender stems which rise well above the foliage clump in late summer to 30-36" tall. Flowers have pink and brown tints, but are perhaps most noted for their unique fragrance (hints of coriander). Tiny rounded mature seeds drop to the ground from their hulls in autumn giving rise to the descriptive common name..

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Flower Color

Foliage Color

green to bronze

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Plant Height


Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


disease resistant

Bloom Time

August to October

Critter Resistance


full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests