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Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'

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Product ID#: gtara
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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun
Bloom Time Summer, Fall
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy, Clay/Heavy, Dry
Fall Color Red
Flower Color Orange
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 12-18" x 2-3'
Tara is a dwarf selection of a wonderful native plant. Selected in northern Illinois and completely cold hardy, this ornamental grass has all the benefits of Prairie Dropseed in a smaller package. In August, the flowers rise above the foliage and have a sweet fragrance. As the seed ripens, they elegantly arch over. The foliage turns mostly yellow, and finally light brown all winter long.
  • sunshade Sun
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 12-18" x 2-3'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Summer, Fall
Key features
  • Attracts Birds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Native
  • Winter Interest
  • Low Maintenance
  • Long Blooming
  • Stone Mulch
  • Cut Flower
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Dropseed Grasss
Preparation
  • Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • Tolerates wide range of soils, including heavy clay soil. Prefers dry, rocky soils.
  • Good drought tolerance. Slow-growing and slow to establish.
  • Tara dropseed is a clump-forming, warm season
  • Typically forms an arching foliage mound to 12" tall and 24" wide.
  • Foliage turns golden with orange hues in fall, fading to light bronze in winter. 
  • Plant in spring or fall
  • Has great winter interest
  • Native plant that is a great ornamental grass for the landscape
  • It’s suggested to use as ground cover or in rain gardens.  
Opening Plant Material
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now ready to plant. Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides.
Planting containers
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • The rootstock suckers a bit, with round leaves that are the norm for most other caragana species and cultivars. Clip those off whenever you have the urge.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.

 

Shipping Dates by Region*

 

Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th

 

Shipping Dates by Season*

 

Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November

 

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