Prairie dropseed is a native, perennial, sod-forming, warm-season grass.
It is 1 to 3 feet (0.5-1 m) tall, densely tufted, with alternate basal
leaves. Its leaves are half as long as its stout culms; the panicles
are purple to black and up to 11.8 inches (30 cm) long [12,23].
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- 23. Massey, J. R.; Otte, D. K. S.; Atkinson, T. A.; Whetstone, R. D 1983. 1983. An atlas and illustrated guide to the threatened and endangered vascular plants of the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Gen. Tech. Rep. SE-20. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 218 p. 
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