The Prairie cordgrass is a native grass that grows through the Great Lakes, North East, and Midwest states. As much as this specie of grass thrives efficiently in dry seasons, you will find this grass standing tall in the cold seasons. The Prairie cordgrass is a tall grass that grows to a height range between 6-8 feet.
Seasonally, this grass grows very well in the summer and thus if looking to be planted, it is best to sow seeds around spring. The Prairie Cordgrass grows well in drought areas but does not do well in shaded areas. Its serrated leaf blade edges make it easy to spot. It also has strong stems and rhizomes.
The prairie cordgrass grows well in warm seasoned areas. Even though it prefers moist and well-drained soils, the grass can thrive on poorly drained soils. It is also able to sustain alkaline conditions and high-water tables as well but does not do well in prolonged flooding.
Due to its strong stem and root system, the prairie cordgrass is able to provide a strong shoreline cover and dissipate a lot of wave energy. These qualities of the prairie cordgrass enable it play an important ecological role in terms of erosion.
The prairie cordgrass provides a good refuge or cover for game birds and small mammals to not be seen by their predators.
This specie of grass is used as for restoration purposes and is capable of restoring wetlands where prolonged flooding doesn’t happen.