Prairie dropseed planting in the fall.
Photo Credit
Courtesy of H. Jean Bryan

Prairie dropseed

Scientific name
Sporobolus heterolepis
Also Known As
Northern dropseed
Plant Family
Plant Group
This perennial prairie grass forms a mound up to 1 to 2 feet high. It forms flowering panicles on stems that rise well above the foliage clump. Bloom occurs from late July to mid September.
Identification Hints

Prairie dropseed typically can be found in drier prairies, glades, open ground and along railroads.  It has been introduced as a ground cover, ornamental grass, native plant gardens, or as an accent for foundation plantings or borders.  Tiny rounded mature seeds drop to the ground from their hulls in autumn giving rise to the descriptive common name.

Did You Know?

When rubbed, the mature flower cluster can smell like popcorn or coriander.

States
AR, CO, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, VA, WI, WY