Grass Family ( Poaceae : Chlorideae )
Latin Name : Spartina pectinata
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – poor to fair
Prairie cordgrass is rhizomatous; widely spreading and scaly. Growth starts in early spring, produces flowers in late summer. Reproduces from seeds and rhizomes, may grow in nearly pure stands. The leaves are coarse and furnishes poor to fair forage for livestock, becomes unpalatable with maturity. Adapted to marshy meadows, along swales, ditches, and moist areas; in both fresh and salt water areas. Prairie cordgrass indicates a high water table, not frequently found in the Panhandle.