Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cord Grass

Spartina

Spartina alterniflora ( Smooth Cord Grass )
A rapid growing perennial grass, reaching up to 5 feet.
An excellent plant for use on the seashore.
Hardy zones 6 to 9 in full sun.
* photo of unknown internet source


Spartina patens ( Salt Meadow Hay )
A perenial reaching up to 3 feet, that is native to coastal habitats in eastern North America from Newfoundland to the Florida. It is excellent for use in controlling beach erosion.
Hardy zones 5 to 9 in full sun and is tolerant of both heat, wet soil and drought once established.

Spartina pectinata ( Prairie Cord Grass )
An arching perennial, reaching up to 6 feet ( 10 feet in bloom ). Do not use in confined areas as it is an aggressive rhizome spreader.
The leaf blades are flat and drooping.
The flower inflorescences are borne late summer to early autumn.
Hardy zones 3 to 9 in full sun to partial shade on moist soil.
* photo of unknown internet source


'Aureomarginata' ( Variegated Cord Grass )
An arching perennial grass, reaching up to 6 x 4+ feet with foliage that is variegated with a yellow margin. Otherwise similar.

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