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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

grass Sporobolus Heterolepis / Family: Poaceae
Prairie/Northern Dropseed, Swink/Wilhelm #10

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FLOWERING: Late July - August


HABITAT: Mesic to wet mesic prairie. Also in open savanna

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 2 - 3 feet high. This grass grows as a short, compact, tufted grass grass with individuals clearly separated. Each clump forms a fountain of fine, long, narrow blades from which arise well-developed, airy panicles of florets and seeds. Each fountain is about 25 to 30 inches in diameter. The leaves tend to brown on the ends. The scent of Prairie Dropseed has been likened to buttered popcorn or hot wax.

TO PICK: Seeds may be stripped from stalk when ripe. Each floret will form a single, shiny, round, light-tan seed


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