Common Name: Texas Dropseed
Sporobolus texanus is a a clump-forming, perennial grass with erect to ascending culms 30 - 70cm tall.
The plant is used within its native range to reclaim and stabilize soils.
This plant may become weedy or invasive in some regions or habitats and may displace desirable vegetation if not properly managed[
Western and central N. America - Utah to Nebraska, south to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
Mesas, valleys and salt marshes[
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The plant is adapted to soils with higher saline and alkaline levels[
Texas dropseed has the ability to tolerate higher levels of salinity and alkalinity in the soil. It can be used to revegetate areas such as oil well pads and on other saline soils[
The plant has very thick vegetation near the soil surface which can be used to stabilize soils that have a tendency to erode[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.