Prairie Dropseed

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Sporobolus heterolepis, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Sun-partial

Soil: Dry-medium

Height: 3-4'

Bloom: August-September-October

Note: Pairs really well with Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), excellent as a garden border. TLC favorite! Takes a few years to mature. Be patient, this one's worth it. If you put this plant on the edge of a full-sun garden (or throughout), it will be gorgeous!

Attracts: Insects and birds
Occasionally, the foliage is eaten by grasshoppers, including Mermiria bivitatta (Two-Striped Slant-faced Grasshopper) and Syrbula admirabilis (Handsome Grasshopper). Prairie Dropseed is the obligate host of two uncommon leafhoppers: Aflexia rubranura (Red-Tailed Leafhopper) and Memnonia panzeri. The seeds are eaten by sparrows and other songbirds from late summer into winter; these species include the Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, and Slate-Colored Junco.