Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed Grass 
spor-ROB-oh-lus  het-er-oh-LEP-is

Native wild Flower Seeds and Potted Plants

Easyliving Native Perennial Wildflowers
 for Home Landscaping and Prairie Restoration

Photo by cj Habitat Bloom Period Flower Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
sporobolus heterolepis picture, prairie dropseed picture Sun July and August,  Tan 12" to 18" mound
with seed heads 18 to 32" high
Dry to Average 18 to 36 inches Perennial

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Sporoblus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed potted plants are available $5.00 each plus Boxing/Shipping

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Sporobolus heterolepis seed
Prairie Dropseed Grass seed

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -    $2.50  -


 30 sq ft

1 ounce -     $12.50


486 sq ft

1 pound -    $----


7,786 sq ft

Sporobolus = From the Greek sporos (seed) and bolos (throwing),
                      referring to the ease with which the ripe seed is released
heterolepis = Different scales

Sporobolus heterolepis, Prairie Dropseed is a beautiful drought resistant garden ornamental for full hot sun and average soil.  It looks wonderful when placed in the rock garden, butterfly garden, or used in a naturalized setting in the prairie meadow.  Combine Prairie Dropseed with Purple Poppy Mallow, Missouri Black-eyed Susan, Missouri Primrose, Purple Beardtongue, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, and Prairie Blazing Star

Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed is a showy  clum forming attractive grass that typically forms 12 to 18 inch high mounds and grows wild in prairies in the upper midwest.  Prairie Dropseed is one of my favorite plants for the sunny rock garden where it's rounded shape will compliment the spiky shapes of Prairie Onion, Pale purple coneflower and Liatris blazingstar.
Prairie Dropseed grows 18 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide.  The bloom color is pink to brown tinted.  This showy clump grass has attractive fall colors.

Native Prairie Dropseed is a warm season clump forming grass occurring naturally in prairies, barrens, and limestone bluffs in the mid-continent, from Canada to Texas, infrequent eastward to New England. Gramineae (Grass Family)

The map below shows areas where native Sporoblus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed grass grows wild, it is hardy over a much wider area if planted.  Plant in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 9.

Sporobolus heterolepis
Prairie Dropseed


New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

North Dakota
South Dakota

State Distributional Map for sporobolus heterolepis, prairie dropseed wild flower seed

Sporoblus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed potted plants are available $5.00 each plus Boxing/Shipping.

Use the chart below for shipping charges on native wildflower seeds

to order copy and mail the order form
 email questions, comments and orders to john@easywildflowers.com 

please email for shipping charges on ounce or pound quantities of grass seed.

Please contact us by email with your zip code and number of plants for shipping charges and availability on  potted plants

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email for the correct shipping amount on orders containing ounce and pound quantities of grass seed

The shipping amounts below are for flower seeds and small packets of grass seed

please email for shipping charges on ounce or pound quantities of grass seed.

subtotal for flower seeds 

shipping charge for seeds

seed orders up to  $20.00    =  

 $4.00 shipping

$20.01 - $50.00    =  

 $6.00 shipping

$50.01-$100.00    =  

 $7.50 shipping

over $100.00    =    7.5 % of subtotal


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Phone 417-469-2611 

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Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.



















Prairie dropseed is a clump-forming, warm season, native perennial grass of prairies, glades, open ground and along railroads throughout much of the upper Midwest.  It is used as a ground cover for hot, dry areas. prairies, meadows, native plant gardens, wild areas or slopes.  It is effective in large rock gardens or as an accent for foundation plantings or borders.  Prairie Dropseed has fine-textured, hair-like, medium green leaves (to 20" long and 1/16" wide) typically form an arching foliage mound to 15" tall and 18" wide.  Foliage turns golden with orange hues in fall, fading to light bronze in winter. Open, branching flower panicles appear on slender stems which rise well above the foliage clump in late summer to 30-36" tall.  Prairie dropseed flowers have pink and brown tints, but are perhaps most noted for their unique fragrance (hints of coriander) often described as resembling the smell of popcorn. Tiny rounded mature seeds drop to the ground from their hulls in autumn giving rise to the descriptive common name.