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prairie cordgrass ~ Spartina pectinata

prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata

CHARACTERISTICS

Strong, erect to gracefully arching stems with dark green leaves. Long, one-sided, comb-like seed heads with white to rose-pink flowers bloom on the spikes. Dry, papery seeds are flat with barbed awns. In the fall this grass turns bright gold. Spreads by rhizomes (growing 1.5 - 3 m per year); may be invasive.

A word of caution: the serrated edges of the leaves can easily cut skin.

HABITAT

Floodplains, roadsides, ditches, marshes and streams.

USES

Seed for waterfowl, songbirds (rails and sparrows).
Provides cover for song birds and small mammals — habitat for muskrats.
Used by North American aboriginals and pioneers as thatching for lodges.

 

 
prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass ~ 10JL12-01
 
prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass ~ 10JL12-03
 
prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass ~ 06JL23-01
 
prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass ~ 07JL07-01
 
prairie cordgrass - Spartina pectinata prairie cordgrass ~ 07SE19-01

 

reg common name              latin / scientific name                T     SSN     H     W     sun     soil    H2  fire   N2       summer              fall          flower (seed)      pH    
PTH prairie cordgrass Spartina pectinata P W 2.5 S S M-C M-W ••• - green-dark yellow-deep white/rose 6.0-8.5
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