Sporobolus heterolepis - Prairie Dropseed
This North American native grass displays a fine texture with very thin, deep green grass blades that arch to form a dense, flowing clump. The open flower panicles are shades of pink and brown with a coriander scent and provide a bountiful food source for many birds. Great for landscape grouping!
- Sun-loving and drought tolerating
- Unusual fragrant flowers and seed
- Arching stalks offer shelter for many birds
- Abundant seed is a bonanza for birds
- Nectar boon for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Dry open grasslands from Massachusetts west to Montana, south to New Mexico and east to North Carolina.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Small flowers stretch above the leaves as they release an aromatic fragrance similar to buttered popcorn or hot wax.
Grows well in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in a sunny location.