Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2-4 feet
Type: Cool season
Suggested Uses: Prairie Cordgrass is an excellent, aggressive, rhizomatous grass that is great for shoreline restoration projects. Cordgrass has very tough stems and can be planted along shorelines to slow waves and prevent erosion. It is a great choice for heavy clay soils too. It has beautiful arching green leaves but the edges can be sharp! It is a dominant grass of moist areas in the tallgrass prairie.
Native Range: Native throughout the U.S. except the West Coast and the South.
Wildlife Value: Host plant for a variety of moths. It can form dense colonies and is important in providing cover for wetland birds and other wildlife.
More information: USDA plant profile