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Sporobolus heterolepis

Prairie dropseed

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
3-9
2-3'
2-3'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Clumping
Grass/Grass-Like
Perennial

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
August-October
Violet/ pinkish
Winter texture
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Clay, Loam, Sand
Adaptable
Soil Preference
Dry, rocky or sandy soils
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Prairies, glades, open rocky woodlands
Eastern to central U.S. from New York to Georgia to Oklahoma, New Mexico and north to Montana
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Black walnut, Air pollution, Drought, Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Dry Soil, Foot traffic
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Black walnut, Air pollution, Drought, Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Dry Soil, Foot traffic
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
COMPANION PLANTS
Lanceleaf coreopsis,Butterfly weed,Moss phlox,Purple lovegrass,Black eyed susan
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Slow growning, does not freely self-seed, does not tolerate shade

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