Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)
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. When seed stalks emerge late summer, brush up against it for a cilantro smell. It has a wonderful tussock-forming growth habit and takes on a nice golden hue all throughout the fall and winter.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - 2 feet
Bloom Time - August, September, October
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.