Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

The most ornamental of all prairie grasses, Prairie Dropseed forms dense clumps to create a mound of fine-textured leaves. The seed heads are airy and blow gracefully in the wind. The leaves mat down in the winter, providing natural mulch year after year. The seeds give off a spicy aroma that provides another sensory experience in gardens.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium
Height:    3 feet
Blooms:    Aug, Sept
Color:    Gold
Spacing:    18″
Zones:    3-8
Benefits:    Ornamental Grass, Birds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Prairie Dropseed looks incredible when planted as a groundcover, with clumps between 8-14″ away from each other, or scattered throughout a garden. The fine, mounding leaves create a mat around the plant in the winter, creating an annual supply of natural mulch that reduces weed germination and growth.

Companion Plants

Bradbury’s Monarda
Prairie Onion
Butterfly Milkweed
Little Bluestem
June Grass