Prairie Dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie Dropseed is one of the most popular and showiest of the prairie grasses. It makes a well defined and very distinctive border for your garden. Prairie dropseed grows between 2 to 3’ and is drought tolerant, making it an ideal ground-cover or accent plant for sunny and dry site. This compact warm season bunch grass offers fine textured, deep green foliage with light and airy flower seed heads that appear in late summer.

USDA Zone 3-9
Plant Spacing 2-3'
Sun Exposure Full Sun / Part Shade
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic / Mesic (Medium) / Dry-Mesic / Dry
Height 3 feet
Bloom Time Aug – Oct


Prairie Dropseed attracts birds that eat the highly nutritious seeds and the arching foliage provides good wildlife habitat. Prairie Dropseed and other native grasses are the larval food of the Leonard’s Skipper Butterfly which pupate in early August. In many areas Prairie Dropseed populations are in decline. Adding this grass to your landscape is a great way to lend a helping hand in the persistence of Prairie Dropseed along with bringing a different element to your native landscape.  


Prairie Dropseed is low maintenance and produces a fountain of fine-textured green leaves, adding an elegant look to any planting. This plant prefers dry to medium soils in full sun and tolerates a wide range of soil types, even heavy clay soils. Prairie Dropseed doesn’t spread aggressively as some other native grasses do. As a warm-season grass, it doesn’t start actively growing until summer. Like it’s name suggests, its seeds do drop to the ground in the fall but it doesn’t spread quickly on its own.

When planning your garden it is important not to forget about grasses and Prairie Dropseed is an excellent choice. It’s leaves remain through winter, lending interest throughout the season and takes on a nice golden hue all throughout the fall and winter.


Prairie Dropseed Range Map

Praire Dropseed

Prairie Dropseed Seeds


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Prairie Dropseed makes a beautiful display in prairie settings or home landscapes with its long flowing blades and spiked seed heads.

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