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Sporobolus heterolepis

Sporobolus heterolepis
prairie dropseed
Already bright green in April

Common name prairie dropseed
Family poaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Size 24-36"
Light sun
Seed ripensearly October

Clumping grass native to the U.S. prairies. Although characterized as a warm-season grass, it greens up early in spring. We've had it in the garden for a few years, but I'm still trying to find the best placement and treatment - our plants have stayed rather small the first few years, but are finally starting to claim some more space to do their fountain impression.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seeded pot outdoors late January. Good crop of seedlings by mid-spring
  2. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 65F (3w; 42%G, 17d) - 35F (6w; 8%G, 2w) - 70F (no further G)
  3. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 65F (48+%G, 13-19d)
  4. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (no G, 22d)

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