Sporobolus heterolepis

Common name: Northern Dropseed

Native plant

Northern dropseed is one of those special plants that every garden should have in large numbers. The graceful wave of the blades and the airy seed heads that have that incredible sweet scent...WOW! There is not an un-striking thing about it. Grows best in moist mesic to mesic soils. In the fall, the color will range from a clear yellow to a deep russet orange. Forms tussocks that the long blades arch from and kind of look like a beautiful green head of long hair. If you are looking to start using natives in your yard, this is the place to start. You cannot go wrong.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon


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Plant Details

Plant type

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color

Green White

Fall color

Russet Orange Yellow


Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Loved by birds

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