Dwarf Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’)

Dwarf Prairie Dropseed

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

Tips 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.

Dwarf Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis ‘Tara’) Details

Common name Dwarf Prairie Dropseed
Botanical name Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 12 inches
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Orange to Tan