KENAI PENINSULA COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA

Cordgrass

       

Cordgrass (Spartina sp.) Grass family

Cordgrass grows 2-4 feet tall. Leaf blades are 8-24 inches long, tough, greenish-gray in color, and žinch wide becoming folded at tip. Plants are deciduous, and stems die back at the end of each growing season.Flowering part of plant is 16 inches long with 5-20 spike-like braches up to 5 inches long each.

Found in the intertidal zone between mean high water and mean low water.

Not known to occur in Alaska. Still, plants may be migrating on oceanic currents northward from British Columbia. Forms extensive stands that convert mudflats and channels into marsh. Conversion results in severe impacts to waterfowl and shellfish populations.

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Distribution

National Park Service Kenai Watershed Forum Homer Soil and Water Conservation District UAF Cooperative Extension Service Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District    Alaska Association of Conservation Districts