Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'

Dwarf form of Prairie Dropseed. Gold flowers at 3' stand more upright than the species.  For a compact version of Sporobolus heterolepis, choose this dapper cultivar. Its fine-textured, green foliage grows in a tight, vase shape that is shorter and more upright than the species. In late summer, airy, scented seed heads rise above the foliage and its blooms are uniform in height. Dwarf Prairie Dropseed’s shorter stature lends itself to foreground plantings, rock gardens, and borders. It is beautiful planted in masses or meadows. Designer, Piet Oudolf, chose ‘Tara’ for the world-renowned Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. No doubt he appreciated this dwarf’s beauty, low-maintenance needs, soil-and-drought tolerance, and prairie origins. In fall, foliage turns rust-red, and seeds provide food for birds.  Sold in one gallon container.


Height: 24-36 in
Width: 8-12 in
Soil Conditions: Moist/Well Drained
Flower Color: Gold
Bloom Time: August,September,October
Hardiness Zone: 4 TO 7

Attributes: Salt Tolerant, Container, Fragrant Flower, Green Roof Semi Intensive, Rain, Garden Sun,

Attracts Wildlife: Attracts Butterflies
Critter Resistance: Deer Resistant
Plant Habit: Upright
Light Conditions: Sun
Native Plant Community: Dry Prairie, Mesic Prairie, Savanna
Flower Color: Gold
Flower Hue: Medium
Flower Height: 24" to 36"
Flower Type: Panicle
Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Texture: Fine
Divide: Every Five Years or Longer
Flower Size: 1/4" or Less
Growth Rate: Average
Origin: North America

Dwarf Prairie Dropseed