Spartina pectinata

Common name: Cord Grass

Native plant

Cord grass is another of those biter grasses and will cut the pants right off of you if you walk through a clump wearing low quality trousers. Aside from that drawback, this grass is a winner for wet sites in open and disturbed areas as well as moist prairies. Tough as a coffin nail, as they say, invading our gravel drive here at the nursery and corn field edges with moist soil. Good fall color and interesting seed heads also lend a touch of ornamentality to it as well.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Prairie Grasslands, Wetlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellow White

Fall color



Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
1 Inches
Max height
7 Feet
Max width
1 Inches

Additional information

Loved by birds

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