Image Source : J.S. Peterson @ USDA NRCS PLANTS Database United States, MO, Saint Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden. October 14, 2002.

Botanical Name :
Sporobolus heterolepis

Plant Height :
2 ft.

Package Type


Pure Live Seed LB

Dropseed, Prairie

Prairie Dropseed is a native prairie bunchgrass. It produces a magnificent fountain of fine-textured emerald green leaves.  It has an upright, arching growth habit; as the seed ripens it droops over. The plant turns a golden yellow in the fall. This plant is often used in landscaping and naturescaping.

AREA OF ADAPTATION/PLANTING: Common across the midwest states through the Northeast and across eastern Canada.  It is hardy in USDA zones 3 - 8. Slow growing, at only two feet high, it works well on any well-drained soil or dry soil.

MANAGEMENT:  Prairie dropseed does not complete well with other taller, faster establishing species.  Once established, periodic burning during winter dormancy is beneficial.