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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

grass Spartina Pectinata / Family: Poaceae
Prairie Cord Grass, Swink/Wilhelm #4

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FLOWERING: July - August

SEED TIMING: Late October into November

HABITAT: Wet to wet mesic prairie. Marshes and shores

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: Up to 7 - 8 feet high. Sod forming grass, erect and reed-like with very long leaf blades. Leaf blades have a prominent mid-vein and finely serrated margins that are very sharp. Showy yellow anthers protrude from the comb-like blooming florets.

TO PICK: Cord Grass turns golden yellow in fall. Seed spikes are narrow, dense, up to 2 and 1/4 inches long and hug the stem. It is easiest to pick the entire spike rather than strip the seed. Be careful of sharp edged leaves which cut skin easily.


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