Sand dropseed

Sporobolus cryptandrus



Erect or spreading stems have open panicles that are partly enclosed in the flowering sheath. The sheath has a distinct tuft of hair at the throat. The panicle is lead-gray to purplish with small, one-flowered spikelets borne on short pedicels. Blades are flat. The blade beneath the panicle grows at a right angle to the culm.

Sand dropseed is a perennial, warm-season, native - 18 to 42 inches tall.

Fair grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


Increases on sandy soil in overgrazed and eroded areas.