Sporobolus heterolepis 'Wisconsin Strain'

Prairie dropseed

Sporobolus once covered the Great Plains in huge swathes but the race for biodiesel has seen their native home ploughed into oblivion. 

A true Prairie native this is an easy, drought tolerant grass that is very tidy in its manner. Fine, emerald green leaves shoot fountain-like from the centre of the plant before arching over and downwards in a cascade. 

Stems rise high above the foliage producing a hazy cloud of shimmering flower-heads that sparkle in the dew. 

By autumn the whole turns sensual shades of red, gold and bronze before mellowing to a creamy buff during the winter. 

It flowers reliably in our northern climate and can grow in partial shade but preferably full sun. Well drained soil is a given. Deciduous.

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£ 6.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Poaceae

Hardy perennial grass (D)

H6

80cm 

60cm 

Rich green 

Silvery, red tints 

Well drained 

Full sun

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