Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'

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Prairie Dropseed

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Clump-forming, prairie grass with fine-textured green blades that turn to gold with orange hues in autumn. Fragrant pink, airy panicles rise above foliage in late summer. A warm season grass, 'Tara' is a dwarf version of the species. Nice upright, vase-shaped habit. Great winter interest.

Height

24-36 in

Spread

24-36 in

Interesting Notes

Can be seen at the Lurie Garden in Chicago, IL

Bloom Time

August-October

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Very tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers dry to medium moisture but well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once it is established.

When to Divide

spring or fall, every 3-4 years

Good Companions

Catmint (Nepeta faassenii), Columbine (Aquilegia ), Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Avens (Geum ), Bee Balm (Monarda ), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), Drooping Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile), Creeping Sedum (Sedum Sunsparkler® ), Variegated Stonecrop (Sedum Sunsparkler® )

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Fragrant
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Winter
Spring
Soil Moisture Preference
Very Adaptable
Well-drained
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