Spartina pectinata

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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.

197,000seeds/pound; starts from seed, root, container

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

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P W 2.5 S S M-C M-W ••• - 6.0-8.5 green-dark yellow-deep white/rose

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 early settlers as thatching for lodges.

Forms a dense thatch which keeps out seed from other plants.

 

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