- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Mature Height: 3-6' tall
- Mature Width: 2-4' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 2-4' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: chickadees & titmice, finches, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, woodpeckers
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Prairie Cord Grass?
A big, bold, vigorous Fringe for wet soils! Prairie Cord Grass is a useful plant for people caring for wetlands on large properties. This tough, fast-growing native will colonize pond sides, streambanks, and bog margins, making a strong stand against the terrible Reed Canary Grass, an invasive, exotic plant that inevitably tries to take over these areas. Instead, Prairie Cord Grass will hold that space, while providing real benefits to the land and to wildlife. The dense root system keeps the soil from washing away, the foliage feeds several species of moths, and the leafy cover provides nesting habitat for secretive water birds.
One of our tallest native grasses, Prairie Cord Grass can reach seven feet tall in the rich, moist soils that it prefers. It makes imposing stands of foliage in its native haunts—the wetlands and low-lying meadows of the Midwest. It grows most abundantly there, though it can also be found throughout much of Canada and south to Oregon, Texas, and Tennessee. In late summer, Prairie Cord Grass waves its airy plumes high in the air. By fall, these wind-pollinated flowers have become seeds that feed ducks and geese.
How to use in the landscape?
Prairie Cord Grass serves as a host plant for several moth species, some of which can only survive on Cord Grass. Just another reminder of the importance of growing a variety of native plants in your landscape—some animal species are very particular in their eating habits!
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 3-6' tall
Mature Width: 2-4' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 2-4' apart
How To Plant
Site Prairie Cord Grass in full sun if possible; it will also accept a part-sun exposure. Constantly moist soil will produce the best results, although this plant will grow in regular garden soil as long as it doesn’t dry out too much. Prairie Cord Grass is a warm-season grower, which means that it gets off to a slow start in the spring. It quickly makes up for lost time, shooting up in late spring and early summer. It spreads steadily; do not site it next to delicate plants. You should know that Prairie Cord Grass’s leaf blades are razor-sharp—wear gloves when working with it!
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9