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Searching Genus for Sporobolus
(DROP SEED, RUSH GRASS)
About 100 species of drought-tolerant grasses native to North and South America.
This is a beautiful ornamental grass from valleys and meadows of the western U.S.A., especially on alkaline soils. It forms loose, flowing mounds of narrow bluish-green leaves, turning yellow in autumn then light tan for winter. Although it is a warm season grass, it bears in summer long, graceful, airy, widely-spread flower panicles that open with a strong pink cast before drying to silver. In the wild it often grows in moist, alkaline soils (hence the common name), but is also extremely drought and heat tolerant. Seed wild collected in Utah.
Easy, warm germinator.
30 seeds $4.25
Prairie Drop Seed
A classic native bunch grass, forming tight tussocks of very fine, upward and out-arching foliage topped by slender flower stalks, pink and hazy when in bloom; later accented by tiny rounded beads, loved by birds. Perfect for massing or as a groundcover in harsh, hot and dry conditions. Lovely fall colour. Wild collected in Ontario.
This species is unique in its genus for having a very firm seed coat that does not break down easily, even when moistened. Germination therefore tends to take place over a long period at warm.
20 seeds $4.00
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