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Prairie Cordgrass

Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

Prairie Cordgrass
(Spartina pectinata)


  • 6 to 8 feet


  • June to September


  • Native
  • Perennial


  • Full sun

Soil moisture:

  • Moist to wet

Provides food for:

  • Caterpillars (foliage)
  • Songbirds (seeds, caterpillars and other insects)
  • Ducks and geese (seeds)
  • Muskrats (foliage and roots)


  • Spreads by rhizomes to form a solid mat like the turf grass in your yard.
  • Can be aggressive because of the way it creates a dense turf.
  • Excellent choice for sunny, wet areas that are prone to erosion.
  • The foliage is green in the summer and turns golden brown in fall and winter.
  • Prairie cordgrass is a warm season grass which means that most of its growth occurs during summer and early fall.
  • Provides important nesting cover and habitat for a wide range of birds.

Native Range:

USDA range map for Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
Map credit: USDA Plants Database