prairie dropseed

(Sporobolus heterolepis)

Conservation Status
prairie dropseed
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

UPL - Obligate upland

     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Prairie dropseed is a bunch-forming grass. It has fine-textured leaves, up to 20 long and wide, that arch gracerfully forming a rounded bunch up to 15 tall and 18 wide. It retains its shape in the winter.

Unlike other grasses, the flower heads produce a pleasant scent.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

24 to 48

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Dry to moderately moist prairies. Sandy, loamy soil.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

August to September

 
     
 

Pests and Diseases

 
 

 

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 24, 28, 30.

 
  10/21/2021      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Liliopsida (monocots)  
 

Order

Poales (grasses, sedges, cattails, and allies)  
 

Family

Poaceae (grasses)  
  No Rank PACMAD clade  
  Subfamily Panicoideae  
  Tribe Andropogoneae  
  Subtribe Sporobolinae  
 

Genus

Sporobolus (dropseeds)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Agrostis heterolepis

Vilfa heterolepis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

northern dropseed

prairie dropseed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Prairie Dropseed Time Lapse
salbert

   
 
About

Uploaded on Nov 19, 2006

REPLACED - SEE NEWER, SHORTER VERSION WITH SURPRISE ENDING. This series of still photos documents the growth of an Illnois native Prairie Dropseed plant in our front garden. The photos were taken during the 2006 growing season in Naperville, Illinois.

 

 

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Prairie Dropseed - A Fragrant Ornamental Grass
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About

Uploaded on Oct 19, 2009

Prairie Dropseed is a native prairie grass that makes a nice, fragrant addition to the perennial border. for more information about ornamental grasses in the garden, please visit http://urbanext.illinois.edu/grasses/

   
 

Spring Prairie Dropseed Burn at Ion Exchange
Ionxchange

 
   
 
About

Published on May 12, 2013

Earthyman shows Spring Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) burn at Ion Exchange Native Seed and Plant Nursery in NE Iowa, This is a beautiful native grass to add to your prairie planting or perennial garden. http://www.ionxchange.com

   

 

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Location: Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

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Location: Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

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5/2/2021

Location: Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

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