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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
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All About the Prairie Dropseed Plant
An ornamental grass you can add to your garden is the prairie dropseed plant. Also known as Sporobolus heterolepis, the dropseed can make a great addition to a wildlife or prairie garden. Below is more information about this dropseed grass plant.
Prairie Dropseed Plant Facts
The dropseed is native to the central part of North America. In the wild, the prairie dropseed can be seen growing in Texas and up to Saskatchewan. It can grow in USDA zones 3-9, making it a diverse plant, tolerable in several growing climates.
The Missouri Botanical Garden declared the Sporobolus heterolepis a Plant of Merit in 2005. The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association gave the plant the title herbaceous perennial for 2018, as it grows in the wild in parts of the state.
Sporobolus heterolepis Information
The prairie grass plant can grow two to three feet wide and up to three feet high. It grows out of a fibrous root mass, spilling out on all sides like a water fountain with its thin, green blades of grass.
In the summertime, prairie grass will bloom flowers in shades of brown and pink. The flowers are fragrant and add will some color to the green, grassy plant.
Once the flowers mature and fall off, seeds that are hard and round grow in their place. These drop to the ground is once produced, which is where their name comes from. The seeds can attract birds and other wildlife to the plant.
Native Americans use the seed to make flour, including in many recipes and dishes.
Grow the Prairie Dropseed Plant
Those who choose to grow the prairie dropseed in their garden need patience since it can take up to five years for the plant to mature. The dropseed prefers growing in full sun in soil that drains well.
When the plant reaches total- growth, it does not need much care or water. Just cut down the older grass in the late winter or early spring so that new blades have plenty of room to grow.
The green blades turn orange-gold in the fall and can stay this way throughout winter to create some interest in the garden during this time of the year.
The prairie dropseed looks great in meadows, mixed borders, along the road, and rainscaping. It can be grown as a tall groundcover and with other plants for a diverse look. The dropseed looks excellent when grown with alliums, goldenrods, and butterfly weed.
You can also grow other plants that are found in the wild with prairie dropseed. Native plants to grow with dropseed are phlox, grama grasses, and leadplant, to name a few.
Prairie dropseed is an excellent choice for those who want something different than traditional grass in their yard.