More About Sporobolus cryptandrus
- Upright, rarely lying down, clumping, medium-coarse grass
- Thin green leaves branch upright and horizontally from the stems
- Tan flower or seed panicles are at first narrow becoming pyramidal (wider at the base)
- Bloom Time: July to August
- Flower Height: 125 cm
- Foliage Height: 100 cm
- Grass Type: Warm Season
Native to Ontario and most of North America.
The names sporobolus is from sporos "seed" and bolos "throw", and 'dropseed' refers to the way the seeds spread.
Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses are able to handle the heat, humidity and drought, some even thrive in these conditions.
Sand Dropseed Growing and Maintenance Tips
Sporobolus cryptandrus is planted mostly for cattle grazing. It provides a lesser quality food source, so cattle eat other natives first, making more room for its dropped seed to spread. Sporobolus has a fibrous, very aggressive root system and once established, it is a very drought-tolerant erosion control, especially in sandy soils.
Sporobolus cryptandrus Characteristics
Average to Dry Soils
Flowering TimeLt. Sum-Fall