How to Grow Woolgrass

Overview

A wild grass that reaches heights of 5 feet, woolgrass grows primarily in tidal fresh-water marshes that are prone to occasional flooding. Mainly found in the eastern United States to as far west as Oklahoma, woolgrass provides food and nesting material for many wetland animals. Traditional crafts people use woolgrass for weaving ropes and mats. Each of the tall stalks grows a flower spike with small insignificant flowers that go to seed in later summer.

Step 1

Fill a pot with standard potting soil. Place the pot in a tray and fill the tray 1 inch full of water.

Step 2

Set the pot in a cold frame outside where it receives full sun. Planting takes place in the fall, so protect the pot from cold weather.

Step 3

Sow seeds a quarter-inch under the soil surface. Space seeds 3 inches apart.

Step 4

Keep soil moist throughout winter. Water as necessary to maintain moisture and keep the tray filled with 1 inch of water at all times.

Step 5

Transplant woolgrass seedlings to their permanent location in June, after the seedlings are large enough to easily transplant.

Step 6

Mow down woolgrass meadows each spring for the first four years with a controlled burn, if allowed in your area. Burn or mow the grass every three years thereafter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Only plant woolgrass in areas that have ample moisture because it is a wetland plant. Avoid flooding the woolgrass meadow until the woolgrass is two seasons old.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Tray
  • Cold frame

References

  • USDA
Keywords: growing woolgrass, wetland plants, marsh grasses

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.