Herb: Townsend's Cord Grass

Latin name: Spartina x townsendii

Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

June to

Habitat of Townsend's Cord Grass:

Tidal mud flats.

Other uses of the herb:

The plants have an extensive root system and they are much planted in tidal flats for erosion control.

Propagation of Townsend's Cord Grass:

Seed - sow in a greenhouse in spring and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Plant out in the summer if sufficient growth has been made, otherwise overwinter them in a cold frame and plant them out in the following spring. This species is a hybrid and is therefore unlikely to breed true from seed. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Tidal mud flats.

Medicinal use of Townsend's Cord Grass:

None known

Known hazards of Spartina x townsendii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.