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Sporobolus heterolepis

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More About Sporobolus heterolepis

  • An elegant native; fine green leaves and its seed stems emerge directly from the base
  • Pink flowers turn tan coloured in the fall
  • Delicate seedheads stand 50 cm above the rest of the foliage
  • Foliage fall colour is orange turning to tan for the winter
  • Bloom Time: Late summer
  • Flower height: 100 cm
  • Foliage height: 60 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and much of North America

 Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring.  They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to mid summer.  They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter.  Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

Sparrows and other small birds love the seeds.

Zone:

3

Height:

60-100 cm

Spread:

45-60 cm

Colour:

Pink (pale)
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Prairie Dropseed Growing and Maintenance Tips

Sporobolus are drought-tolerant, growing best in sandy or rocky soils in full sun. Growing slowly, they are very low-maintenance.


Sporobolus heterolepis Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Fall Color
Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Sporobolus heterolepis

Calamagrostis canadensis

Calamagrostis canadensis

Canada Bluejoint