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Sand Dropseed

Sporobolus cryptandrus

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Grass, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2-4' × 2-4'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season May-September
Flower Color Cream
Minimum Temperature Range -35 °F
Leaf Description Prominent sheaths, often pointing directly up in parallel to the stem
Fruit Seed heads that attract birds
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Ethnobotany Seeds used as food by various Native American groups; ground and mixed into a porridge, combined with corn meal or used for flour.
Description An extremely widespread species found in grasslands across large swaths of North America. Sand dropseed has an open, paniculate inflorescence with distinctly hairy leaf sheaths. This grass is generally going to be found on well draining sandy soils, but is tolerant of a variety of soil types in cultivation, and because of its wide elevational distribution it is appropriate for gardens throughout most of Arizona. This species lends itself well to a mass planting, or to interspersing with other grass species to form a multilayered grassland garden.