Sporobolus junceus

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Pineywoods Dropseed

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 (3) ft tall by 1-2 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink
Fruit Color:Gold, brown
Noted for:Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Bunching grass in a wildflower garden. Border of walkways. This is a low plant, so best used near the front of a group planting.
Propagation:Seed. Division. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral


Native Habitats:Flatwoods, sandhills.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:In nature, this grows in habitats with frequent fire.  In the garden, it will grow best if you remove built-up thatch (or burn it once every few years if you can).