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Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Wisconsin Strain’
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Prairie Dropseed

Sporobolus

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Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Wisconsin Strain’ full sun

Considered the most urbane of the American prairie grasses, ‘Wisconsin Strain’ parades early reliable blooms plus a sublime fountain-style presence. The grand misty floral froth hovers well above an upright arching 1 to 2 ft. tall hummock of finely cut, soft-looking emerald green leaves that turn opulent burgundy, gold or burnt tangerine hues in autumn then blanch to light copper in winter. Savored by birds and once ground into flour by Native Americans, countless tawny colored seed heads arise from minute ethereal-like pink and brown-toned inflorescences, wafting a unique cilantro spiced popcorn aroma. This versatile slow growing grass requires minimal care, braves an array of soil types and relishes moist fertile sites, though tolerates drought once mature.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 3/4.

Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Wisconsin Strain’ (G-0560)
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