Prairie Cordgrass

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Graceful fine texture, the native Prairie Cordgrass (Spartina pectinata) is an ornamental native Prairie Grass that features arching green foliage and airy plumes/seed heads in the summer. Highly adaptable, these native plants handle moist to wet conditions, grow fast, and can grow tall!

These tough plants can react up to 4-6 feet and are taller when in bloom. These native residents of the Tall Grass Prairies are larval Host Plants for Skipper Butterflies and Tussock Moths, plus provide wildlife and songbirds nesting and shelter. The seed heads become late-season accents nearly 8 feet in height.

These warm-season Grasses are hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8 and are fantastic wetland grasses that grow well in average moisture soils too! The cream and green flowering stems turn brown in the autumn while the green foliage becomes brilliant gold!

Planting and Application:

These clumping wetland Grasses are amazing at stabilizing soil along streams and pond banks, or on moist slopes and hillsides that frequently erode due to rushing rainwater. Plant two feet apart in a zigzag pattern and within a couple years the clumps will grow together to create a solid mat.

Prairie Cordgrass is fantastic to have as backdrops to Rain Gardens and in rows and groupings around the HVAC unit drains. Create Gutter Gardens with these tall Grasses that work as both anchors by your home's hardscapes and soften corners. Mix with Rush Grass, Sedges, and wetland or marsh plants for a unique water garden!

Create wet prairie restoration and wildlife bioswales with these tall Ornamental Grasses. Balance your local ecosystem and support pollinators, and wildlife, while adding tall privacy and screening all growing season with Prairie Cordgrass!

  • Tall Airy Fine-Textured Green Perennial Grass
  • Airy Plumes Turn Green to Cream to Tan
  • Brilliant Gold Fall Color
  • Pollinator Host Plant & Wildlife Shelter
  • Backdrops, Water Gardens, Garden Anchors & Native Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant these Native Grasses in well-drained soil that remains moist, but these tough plants can handle occasional drought once established. Plant in full sun for the best height and vigor, but Cordgrass can handle some afternoon/partial shade too. These warm-season Grasses should be pruned back in the early spring to clear the way for the new growth.

  • Sun, Sun, Sun!
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead/Prune Late Autumn
  • Deer Seldom Bother Them

Restore wetlands and native tallgrass prairies with Prairie Cordgrass from Nature Hills! You'll love these airy perennial ornamental grasses in your landscape year after year!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Prairie Cordgrass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Spartina pectinata
Type Perennial
Mature Height 4 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Tolerates Wet Soils
Moisture medium-wet
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color green, cream, turning brown
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring