Chapter 3. Common Native Grasses of the Northern Midwest
Warm season; Perennial
Characteristics: 4–6’; upright arching; flowers green; foliage green to yellow green in fall
Growing Conditions: average to wet soils; full sun; hardy zones 3–8
In native habitats, this grass is found in wet meadows and ditches, the edges of wetlands, and lakeshores. It prefers wet soils, and can tolerate sandy seashores and heavy clay soils. Its strong rhizomes can be aggressive in a garden, but are perfect for lakeshores and areas too wet for other plants. It provides a yellow fall color.
- ‘Aureo-Marginata’: variegated prairie cordgrass, yellow margins and stripes on the foliage, 4–6’
Species that use prairie cordgrass according to the literature are the tortricid moth Aethes spartinana, the noctuid moth Chortodes enervata, the noctuid moth Mesapamea stipata, and the pyralid moth Peoria gemmatella.
A cultivar of a native plant.
The order that includes butterflies and moths.