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Sporobolus cryptandrus

Sand Dropseed

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Sporobolus cryptandrus (Sand Dropseed)

As the name implies, this grass most commonly occurs on sandy sites, but is also found on our prairies and meadows. Its inflorescence is wide at the base and narrows to a point. It also has an obvious ring of hairs at the base of the leaf blade. The grain is reddish orange, oblong and flat.Sand Dropseed has a distinguishing "flag leaf" located at a right angle to the stem. It blooms between May and November. Sand Dropseed has fair economic value for livestock and poor for wildlife.

Additional Information:

-4 Feet


20-30 Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-5

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), Western Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map