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Audubon® Prairie Dropseed
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All the little ground-dwelling birds will be grateful for the addition of this sweet native Fringe to your garden. Sparrows, juncos, towhees, and doves will happily bob about among the grassy tufts, foraging for seeds in fall and winter. In summer, they may find the occasional grasshopper or caterpillar hiding there, too, and grab a quick snack. Prairie Dropseed provides cover from predators for these friendly backyard birds, as well as nesting material in the form of dried leaves and stems. Leave it standing until spring, and winter-resident birds will make use of it all season.
May Benefit & Attract: Sparrows, juncos, towhees, and doves
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Prairie Dropseed is a North American native that was once more plentiful, growing from Saskatchewan to Quebec in Canada and reaching as far south as Texas here in the U.S. It was most common as a component in the vast Midwestern prairies. Development has since wiped out most of our prairielands, and Prairie Dropseed is now endangered in many of the states where it once flourished. Support this noble native by growing it in your landscape. Prairie garden not required! This classy Fringe is polished enough for formal, manicured landscapes as well as more naturalistic ones.
In fall, Prairie Dropseed turns up the heat when its lustrous green foliage takes on bright golden and pumpkin-orange tones. Its winter color is a pleasing peachy tan. The plant holds up well under ice and snow and supplies plenty of interest during the dormant season.
How to Grow
Even novice gardeners are likely to have great success with Prairie Dropseed. It’s easy to please, low maintenance, and long-lived. Give it a position in full sun if possible; light shade will also suffice. Any kid of soil is suitable—even clay, as long as it drains well. Provide regular water during establishment. Eventually, Prairie Dropseed will be exceedingly drought tolerant. Yearly maintenance involves simply cutting the old foliage to the ground in early spring. Understand that this fabulous Fringe does take a few years to really settle in, but it’s totally worth the wait!
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