Spartina patens

marshhay cordgrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: grass
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Use as a shoreline stabilization plant on edges of sand beaches and saltmarsh.
Availability: Native nurseries, Specialty providers, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


wildlife plant  
Birds and other animals eat the seeds.
Native Habitats: Salt and brackish water of shores, farmlands, marshes, dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

If grown in a freshwater environment, S. patens will grow much bigger.