Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara' Prairie Dropseed

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Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara' has attractive, airy foliage that grows in a clumping fountain. Also called Prairie Dropseed, this ornamental grass can bring texture and depth to sun gardens. It has fragrant, tan panicle flowers in late summer, and its foliage turns a spectacular shade of rustic red in the fall.

Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara' Prairie Dropseed is slightly more compact and upright than the straight species. It generally does not self-sow, so it would make an excellent groundcover without taking over. It is drought-tolerant once established.

Whether it's used in large plantings or as a specimen in the border, Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara' Prairie Dropseed is sure to please.


  • Common Names: Prairie Dropseed
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-Draining
  • Height at Maturity: 24-36 inches
  • Width at Maturity: 24-36 inches
  • Bloom Color: Tan/Brown
  • Bloom Time: Mid summer to early fall

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Drought.
  • Other Features: Fragrant.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/22. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/29 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

We have a huge amount of orders to get through, so we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 10-7: Already started
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you wish to receive your plants earlier than what's on this schedule, please send us an email after you place the order. Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays for the safety of the plants in transit.

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.