Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

This grass is reddish gold in color in autumn.

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Prairie dropseed grows in dense tufts of long, narrow leaves. It is highly recommended for prairie plantings of all sizes, especially for dry sites. It does grow well in mesic or wet sites as well. The plant itself is a pale pink-gold in autumn.

Fascinating Facts

  • The tiny seedheads smell like coriander.
  • It has few diseases and doesn't seem to have any serious insect pests.

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Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area

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Last updated: February 27, 2018

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