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Prairie Dropseed – Sporobolus heterolepis


A smaller, *warm season perennial with fine-textured leaves curving gracefully outward to form large, rounded tufts.
By mid-summer, open, airy panicles are formed with a pyramidal silhouette rising to about 3 feet. Foliage is usually golden-orange in fall. This is a tough grass that is found naturally growing in harsh dry prairies and it will thrive in sunny gardens with dry to average soils. Requires full sun and will not tolerate shading by nearby plants. Sparrows, juncos and other granivorous songbirds love the seeds, it attracts pollinators, and foliage is favored by browsers. 

*Note: Warm season, or C4, grasses begin to be active in late spring to early summer, flower and set seed in summer to early fall.


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