SAND DROPSEED
(Sporobolus cryptandrus)
 
Sand dropseed is a widely distributed native bunchgrass grass adapted throughout Southern Great Plains and the Southwest. The plants grow about 2 to 3 feet tall, with solid stems and fairly numerous leaves about 1/4 inch wide and 4 to 12 inches long. Seed heads are open; the finely branched panicles average 8 to 12 inches in length and terminate in single spikelets.
 
The forage of sand dropseed provides good grazing for livestock while green but only sparingly after the plants reach maturity. The seed provide an excellent food source for all game birds. It is a prolific reseeder when managed properly. Plants begin growth in the spring and remain green until late fall.
 
Many excellent characteristics make it a valuable grass for revegetation. It is widely adapted to most soil types and climates. It is generally recommended for seeding in mixtures with adapted species at about 1/10 to 2/10 pls pound per acre. Because of the small size of the seed, planting should be shallow and the new seeding should be protected during the period of seedling establishment.Best seedling stands have been obtained where plantings were made on a clean-tilled, firm, well-prepared seedbed.

 

General Characteristics

Growth Type

Bunch

Life Span 

Perennial

Growing Season

Warm Season

Native/Introduced

Native

Plant Height

2-3 Feet

Cold Tolerance

Good

Drought Tolerance

Good

Salt Tolerance

Poor

Soil Type

Sand-Loam

Minimum Rainfall

10 inches

Planting Rate

1-3 pls#

Planitng Date

Febuary- June

Seed Type

Smooth

Uses

Grazing
Wildlife Habitat
Erosion Control
Reclamation

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Planting rates above are for pure stands, if utilized in a blend decrease the seeding rate according to the percentage of the component in the blend.


 

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