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Prairie Dropseed

(Sporobolus heterolepsis)

Prairie Dropseed“I love it for its fine-textured, low-mounding habit, its late-summer flowers that are fragrant, like cilantro—very unusual for a grass—and its orange-tinged fall color,” says Dr. James Ault, director of ornamental plant research. At home, he grows it alongside lilies, coneflowers, and taller perennials.