Prarie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Prarie Cordgrass
Spartina pectinata

Prairie Cordgrass <em>Spartina pectinata</em>
Prairie Cordgrass Spartina pectinata

One of the original grasses in the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Large mounding plant with graceful arching green leaves. Flowers not particularly attractive. Yellow fall color. An aggressive spreading grass.

This is a running warm season grass.

Prefers moist, well-drained soils but will tolerate heavy clay. Full sun site preferred as shade causes the plant to flop. In dry sites, plant is less aggressive and shorter. 
'Aureomarginata' 4-6' leaves have a thin yellow stripe 
Mature Height
4-6 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Aggressive spreader.

Additional Notes
Can be considered a good plant for erosion control and for wildlife planting.


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