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Spartina pectinata

Also called Slough Grass


More About Spartina pectinata

  • Main stems (culms) are round, up to 225 cm
  • Green leaves, alternate, up to 60 cm long, emerge from the lower half of the stems
  • Arching thick blades with prominent midribs have sharp edges
  • Ends of stems feature racemes of 10-30 alternate floral spikes
  • Fall colour is clear yellow, turning to tan for the winter
  • Bloom Time: July to August
  • Flower Height: 225 cm
  • Foliage Height: 150 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

 

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

4

Height:

175-225 cm

Spread:

100-120 cm

Colour:

Brown
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Prairie Cord Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Spartina grows best in moist, fertile soil in full sun to partial shade. It is an aggressive grass, spreading by rhizome as well as by seed, not suited to small gardens. It will tolerate less fertile, rocky, dry soils where it will be less aggressive.


Spartina pectinata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Bog or water garden
Bog or water garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Wet Soils
Moist to Average

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Fall
Summer

Habit

Spreading
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Roadside planting
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Spartina pectinata

Ammophila breviligulata

Ammophila breviligulata

American Beach Grass