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Dwarf Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’

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. 

<i>Sporobolus heterolepis</i> ‘Tara’

More compact, slightly stiffer and definitely smaller than the species, this upright fine textured dwarf cultivar was selected by astute nurseryman Roy Diblik. ‘Tara’ is a tough warm season grass, which forges a tasteful vase-shaped green foundation beneath the exquisite wispy gathering of numerous minute pinkish purple inflorescences on slender stems. Mature, round seed heads drop to the ground, hence the common name, while narrow foliage blazes red and orange for autumn. Enticing birds and gardeners, especially those who have limited space, heat-tolerant Dwarf Prairie Dropseed can assort with Echinacea, Monarda or Nepeta in borders and meadows or on slopes. 

Blooms August–October

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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