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Monday - October 06, 2008

From: Hoffman Estates, IL
Region: Midwest
Topic: Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Grass for detention pond in Illinois
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Hi, please advise regarding grass for bottom of detention pond. I have pond with drawdown time 4 days, what grass could survive being underwater 4 days, and not die? Thank you.

ANSWER:

Here are a few grasses and grass-like plants that will grow in wet and drier soils and will withstand being in standing water for short periods:

Andropogon glomeratus (bushy bluestem)

Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint) and more information

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge) and more information

Juncus torreyi (Torrey's rush) and more information

Scirpus cyperinus (woolgrass) and more information

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass) and more information

Equisetum hyemale (scouringrush horsetail) and more information


Andropogon glomeratus

Calamagrostis canadensis

Carex vulpinoidea

Juncus torreyi

Scirpus cyperinus

Spartina pectinata

Equisetum hyemale

 

 

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