Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara' Prairie Dropseed



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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