Sporobolus airoides

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Species Name: Sporobolus airoides
Common Name: Alkali dropseed

Bunch grass. Ground stabilizer. Good for restoring disturbed areas. Graceful seedheads on a robust, tough bunchgrass. Loves clay soil.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 2' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Bunch grass
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: to - 10 degrees
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Purplish seedheads
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: SN Foothills, Tehachapi, southern Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley, southern Outer So. Coast Range, SW CA, southern areas E. of Sierra Nevada, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Seasonally moist, alkaline areas. Elevation: below 6,300'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.