Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Sporobolus heterolepis


Full Sun
Partial Shade
Drought Tolerant
Attracts Birds

Sporobolus heterolepis (Poaceae)
(spo-RAH-buh-lus heh-ter-oh-LEP-is)
Prairie Dropseed

This North American prairie grass is most elegant, with fine thread-like leaves creating dense mounds 1-1.5' tall. Medium green leaves transform to russet orange in fall, with airy panicles blooming 2' above the foliage. Tolerant of a variety of soils including clay, this clump-forming grass stays tight and full, requiring no division for years. Grows well in sun or light shade and is drought-tolerant once established. What more could one ask of a grass? (Come up earlier, maybe? Sporbolus emerges later in spring, so please be patient.)

Bloom color: tan
Bloom period: fall
Height: 1-3'
Spread: 1-3'
Zones: 3-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12
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