Chapter 3. Common Native Grasses of the Northern Midwest
Warm season; Perennial
Characteristics: 3–4’; mound; flowers beige with purplish hue; foliage deep to lime green;
Growing Conditions: average to dry soils; full sun; hardy zones 3–8
This fine-textured mound-forming grass does well in upland or dry sites. The flowers are light and airy, creating a cloud-like mass. They have a unique fragrance and smell like hot buttered popcorn or coriander and cumin. Prairie dropseed can be used en masse to cover slopes and as an alternative lawn where foot traffic is minimal.
- ‘Tara’: shorter form, uniform and upright, flowers gold; 24–30”.
Species that use prairie dropseed according to the literature are the noctuid moth Anicla tenuescens, the noctuid moth Dichagyris reliqua, Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae), Pawnee skipper (Hesperia leonardus pawnee), Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe), and Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek).
A cultivar of a native plant.
The order that includes butterflies and moths.