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Native Plants

Prairie Dropseed

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Prairie dropseed is a long-lived, drought tolerant perennial that is ideal as a ground-cover or accent plant for hot and dry sites. The attractive mound of hair-like foliage is medium green, up to 3’ wide and 1½’ tall.  In late summer, numerous 2-3’ tall  spikes emerge from the clump and terminate in an airy, tan colored inflorescence. Plants should be sited in well-drained, rocky to gravelly, soil of low fertility in full sun. Take advantage of its fall color that ranges from yellow to golden orange and plant it with Schizachyrium scoparium, Liatris pilosa, Euthamia caroliniana, Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, Chrysopsis mariana, and Asclepias tuberosa.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, orange, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color