Botanical Name: Sporobolus wrightii
Common Name: Giant Dropseed or Sacaton  
Plant photo of: Sporobolus wrightii
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Blue Green, Grey Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Giant dropseed is both taller and wider than most other dropseeds, reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. It has an upward arching and mounding habit. Grey to blue-green foliage is narrow, giving it a fine texture; foliage turns yellow in fall and then beige. Pinkish flowers are tall and large, and are present Aug thru Oct. The overall effect is very architectural and striking. Stunning cut flowers.
Grows in full sun to bright shade in any well drained soil. Tolerant of dry, alkaline, sandy, or clay soils. Drought, salt, and high pH tolerant. Good for erosion control as it is deep rooted. Hardy to about -30f. Cut back in late winter; see Guides.