Prairie Dropseed Grass (Sporobolus heterolepis) is considered to be one of our most ornamental native species. It has graceful, fine-textured foliage with see-through fall seed heads. An excellent performer in a wide range of conditions and soil types.

Common Name

Prairie Dropseed Grass

Botanical Name

Sporobolus heterolepis


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color


Mature Height

24-36" tall

Mature Spread

24-36" wide

Bloom Time

Late summer to early fall

Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil

Soil Moisture

Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average, Well Draining

Amount Of Rain

10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)


Easy To Grow, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Pest / Disease Resistant, Native, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Winter Interest, Good For Erosion Control

Ideal Region

Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fal


Prairie Dropseed