golden brown seedheads
late summer through fall
24 to 30 in.
18 to 24 in.
central and northeastern United States
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Prairie dropseed is a beautiful, native ornamental grass with thin, emerald green leaves. It grows as a mound with graceful leaves arching out from the center of the plant.
In late summer, an airy display of golden brown seedheads rise above the leaves. The leaves turn an attractive orange color in fall. It is very attractive in the fall.
Prairie dropseed can be used as companion to perennial flowers, but also looks nice when massed as a group of multiple plants. Put it towards the front of your planted area since it's realtively short.
The only problem we've had at the Xeriscape Garden is that rabbits like to eat the leaves down to the base. So, if you have rabbits that visit your landscape, choose a different ornamental grass.
Cut last year's leaves to ground level in spring.