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 provides 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 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
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#
Planting Date:Feb. - June
Seed Type:Smooth
Uses:Grazing, Wildlife Habitat, Erosion Control, Reclamation