Praire Cord Grass

CHARACTERISTICS
Variety Red River
Planting Rate 7 PLS LBS per Acre (1/4 to 1 PLS LB/Acre in wet meadow mixtures)
Plant Height 6-8 FT
Seed Count 110,000 Seeds per LB
Botanical Name Spartina pectinata
Life Cycle Perennial
Environment Full to Partial Sun
Preferred Sites Wet Soils
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Description

Prairie cordgrass is a warm-season perennial grass. It is native to the tall grass prairies of most of the United States and Canada.

AREA OF ADAPTATION: Prairie Cordgrass is found in wet meadows, sloughs, potholes, and drainage ways. It is associated with various species, including sedges and rushes. Prairie Cordgrass has a broad climatic adaptation. It will grow on seasonally dry sites, tolerates alkaline condition and high water tables, but is intolerant of prolonged flooding. It will grow on a wide array of soil types, but prefers a soil other than sand.

PLANTING: 1/2 to 3/4 inches deep

MANAGEMENT: The stiff stems, vigorous rhizomes and robust size of this species are useful in stabilizing soil, dissipating wave energy and providing cover. Wetland restoration and enhancement, streambank stabilization, windstrip barrier, filterstrip, riparian buffer, prairie landscaping, wildlife habitat-nesting and cover, forage – very early season only, spillway and dam cover.

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