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Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus

Giant Sacaton

This somewhat slow growing, yet long-lived North American prairie grass is the queen of refinement, affording grace, fortitude and versatility. A popular attraction for birds and once ground into flour by Native Americans, open lace-like panicles give way to countless seed heads that waft a unique cilantro and spiced popcorn aroma. Prairie Dropseed requires minimal care and once mature, braves drought plus an array of soil types, though it’s happiest in moist fertile sites. 

Considered the most urbane of the American prairie grasses, ‘Wisconsin Strain’ parades early reliable blooms plus a debonair fountain-style presence. Sublime when illuminated by the afternoon sun, a grand misty floral froth hovers well above an upright arching 1 to 2 ft. tall, finely cut emerald-green hummock. Enticements prevail as tiny ethereal-like pink and brown inflorescences mature into copious tawny-colored seed heads, while soft looking leaves turn opulent burgundy, gold or burnt tangerine hues in autumn, later showcasing light copper tones for winter.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

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