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Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolous heterolepis) 8045

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While taking 2 to 3 seasons to fully establish, Prairie Dropseed grows into a magnificent fountain of emerald green leaves that turns a golden colour through the fall and winter - it makes for quite a specimen in the landscape. Prairie Dropseed is a perennial, clump forming warm season native grass that grows in a wide range of conditions from seasonally wet to quite dry.  A very distinctive border planting and an excellent plant for providing seed for ground foraging song birds. Height ranges from 30-90 cm (1-3'). Hardy to Zone 3. 2600 seed/gram

 

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Most native grasses do best when seed is planted in the fall, between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Late fall sowings additionally stratify any seed that may be dormant. Prairie Dropseed also responds very well to a spring sowing about 3-6 mm (1/8-1/4") deep in April through May - germination will occur once the soil temperature reaches 21 C (70 F). Keep in mind that should ideal growing conditions not occur, the seed may go dormant and not germinate until the spring the following year. When used as a landscape plant, space at least 30 cm (12") apart.

Managing Native Grasses and Wildflowers

Many native plants will not bloom until the second year of growth when grown from seed. Avoid the use of supplemental fertilizer as this encourages weeds at the expense of the native plants. During the establishment year, native species plantings should be watered when dictated by the weather. The following year’s growth adapts easily to local climate and soil conditions needing only what nature provides. Mow to 20 cm (8") height at least once through the first year of growth should aggressive weeds threaten to take over the planting and again after the fall frosts have reduced annual foliage. Consider a controlled burn of prairie species where municipal laws permit. The encroachment of woody or non-prairie vegetation is curtailed by fire allowing the prairie community to thrive.
High Summer
Perennial
Sow Direct
10 to 30
Full Sun
Grass or Grass-like
Low to Medium (30 to 90 cm)(12" to 36")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Native of Canada
Poaceae
Sporobolus heterolepsis
Ornamental specimen or mass planting
Wildlife food and cover.

Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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