Spartina pectinata
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Hardiness Zone: 4-9 Height: 1.2-2 metres; 4-7 feet Spread: 1-1.2 metres; 3-4 feet Sun: Full sun to part shade Water: Medium to wet Wildlife: Songbirds Tolerates: Drought; erosion Culture: Best grown in fertile, moist to wet loams in full sun to part shade. Plants tolerate sandy or rocky soils. This grass will spread by rhizomes to form large colonies. When planted on dry soils, they tend to grow and spread less aggressively. Propagate by division. Noteworthy Characteristics: Prairie cord grass is a coarse, tough, warm season perennial grass that typically grows in a dense, arching clump to 4-7' tall when in flower. Glossy dark green leaves (to 4' long and to 5/8 wide) have sharp edges (wear gloves when working with this grass). Leaves turn golden-yellow in the fall." Garden Uses: Large ponds or water gardens. Excellent for stabilizing soils and for erosion control on slopes, hills or along streams.