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Prairie Cord Grass, Cord Grass
Spartina pectinata

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spartina (spar-TEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: pectinata (pek-tin-AY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Green

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Zephyrhills, Florida

Ashkum, Illinois

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Sep 3, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Leaf blades are 24" long, light green, with a graceful arch. The blades are a bright yellow in the fall and turn beige for an early winter interest.

This grass is found in swamps and wet prairies. It is a rhizomatous grass which could create spreading problems in a small garden. Plants grown in shade will fall over.

Best used in water areas or naturalized gardens. The foliage and flowers remain ornamental until early winter.

No serious insects or diseases.

Native to North America