prairie dropseed
Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie dropseed is native to Iowa's prairies. It has a unusual, beautiful shape resembling a spikey wig of semi-stiff straight hair. Slow-growing, the plants take 2-3 years to become established.

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Prairie dropseed. Reiman Gardens, Ames. 23 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

Annual or perennial: perennial

Origin: native

Height: 2-3 feet

Hardiness: zone 3

Habit: clumping

Moisture: well-drained

Propagation: seed, division

Light: full sun

Flowering: August-September

Uses: specimen and larger plantings

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Prairie dropseed. Reiman Gardens, Ames. 23 Sept 2003. Photo: Anna Gardner

 

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