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The Prairie Dropseed, Sporobolus Heterolepis Is A Perennial Bunchgrass
The prairie dropseed, formally known as the Sporobolus heterolepis, is a prairie grass species native to the tallgrass and mixed-grass prairies of central North America from Texas to southern Canada. It spreads further east, to the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada, but is much less common beyond the Great Plains, as it restricts itself to only specific habitats. It grows in twenty-seven states and four Canadian provinces.
The prairie dropseed is a perennial bunchgrass whose mound of leaves is typically from one to two feet tall and around two to three feet across. Its flowering stems, known as culms, grow from one and a half to three feet tall, extending above the leaves. The flower cluster is an airy panicle three to eight inches long. They terminate in small spikelets containing a single fertile floret that produces three reddish anthers and a short feathery stigma upon blooming. The floret, once pollinated, creates a nearly round seed one-point-five to two millimeters long. The base of each spikelet contains two bracts, known as glumes, four to six millimeters long and the other one two to four millimeters long; each bract is long and tapered, with sharp tips. Around the floret are a lemma and palea, each about three-point-five to around five millimeters long; in some cases, the palea can be longer than the lemma.
Prairie Dropseed-Sporobolus Heterolepis is Drought Tolerance and Serves as Roof Carpeting
As a fine-textured grass species with long, narrow leaves that arch outward, the prairie dropseed develops attractive, round tufts ranging in color from a rich, summery green hue to a rusty-golden color in the autumn. The foliage provides year-round interest from late July to mid-September and is hardy enough to resist the flattening impact caused by the snow. The grass blooms with tan-colored flowers that rise thirty to thirty-six inches in height, and it occurs in a wide soil variety, even tolerating dry conditions, though it is pretty scarce in wetlands. Many cultivate the grass as an ornamental plant in gardens because of its attractive bunchgrass form. Because of its drought tolerance, it often serves as roof carpeting. Those who encounter the seedheads would describe them as having the vague scent of fresh popcorn, cilantro, or sunflower seeds. The prairie dropseed appears as roadside revegetation and prairie restoration projects. While it is to establish by direct seeding, transplanting greenhouse-grown seedlings is a more effective establishing method.