Dwarf Prairie Dropseed

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Nothing adds pizazz to a landscape like finding the perfect Ornamental Prairie Grass. The Dwarf Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara') is just that and more! It's a wonderfully expressive, compact grass with a well-manicured form! Combined with rich fall color, that makes Dwarf Prairie the ideal addition to your yard, no matter how hostile the sun and soil type might be!

This spritely plant grows in festive medium green clumps. Its thin leaves grow upright and fan outward in a lovely fountain or vase shape. And when summer rolls around, the Dwarf Prairie Dropseed decorates itself with fine creamy orange flowers that are known for their distinct coriander scent! This refined plant is happy to provide fall color no matter where it becomes established. It glows in fall as it transforms from green to amber-like browns and reds.

You don't have to worry about this delightful plant self-seeding. It's sterile, so it won't take over your garden. Spreading 2-3 feet in width and only 12 inches high, it will, however, fill large swaths of tricky ground with a fine-textured airy, and soft beauty that is delightfully low-maintenance!

Planting and Application:

The Dwarf Prairie Dropseed thrives in conditions other plants would find less than ideal. As a dwarf version of native grass, it adapts well to clay, open areas, and glades. In fact, it loves to let its graceful blades sway and dance in the gentle breeze, and its specialty is adapting to dry and rocky regions. Use this hardy grass in rows, fine-textured groupings, in drifts to fill large swaths of sunny ground in low-maintenance greenery, or in out-of-the-way, back-of-the-property swaths as a lawn alternative that only needs to be mowed a couple of times of the year!

How can you best use Dwarf Prairie Dropseed in your yard? This plant is perfect for mass plantings. It will add a shock of green to your yard in the summer and orange in the fall, and it features a texture that other plants can only dream of. Its easy-to-manage size makes it excellent for architectural flair and a manicured look. Even container plantings gain light and airy green fillers and spillers!

You may also want to use this ornamental grass as an accent plant or to establish a contrast of color and shape. It also will dazzle you as a groundcover or a way to add green to your rock garden.

  • Light & Airy, Soft Green Mounds
  • Vivid Amber/Brown Fall Color
  • Summery Scented Creamy Orange Plumes
  • Sterile Seedless Variety!
  • Offers Well-Manicured Shape & Fine-Texture
  • Highly Adaptable & Versatile Landscape Grass
  • Great in Mass Plantings, Lawn Alternative, Rows & Groupings

#ProPlantTips for Care

To ensure your Dwarf Prairie Dropseed grows to its full potential, plant it in a sun-soaked region of your yard. It prefers drier soil that drains quickly. It does well on slopes where the water can flow away as its roots hang tight to your soil. These are xeric, drought-tolerant, and low-water usage plants once established. Only needing pruned or mowed down once a year in early spring, you can divide clumps every 3-5 years to maintain their vigor. Be patient with warm-season grasses because they take their sweet time getting going in the spring, but then shine through the heat and sun of the summer and fall!

  • Loves Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Site - Grows Well in Dry Rocky Soil
  • Easy Going Warm-Season Grass
  • Very Xeric & Low-Maintenance
  • Prune Down in Early Spring

Don't miss out on your opportunity to grow on of the most versatile and attractive ornamental grasses. This perennial will surely become your go-to for texture and style. Oder a Dwarf Prairie Dropseed today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Dwarf Prairie Dropseed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Orange to Tan
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring