Spartina alterniflora

Plant Name Saltmarsh Cordgrass
Scientific name Spartina alterniflora
Family Poaceae
Location Salt marsh
Flowering Period August, also July-September
Identifying Characteristics Pound plentifully in salt marshes; found in tall or short varieties; 4-6 ft high with flowers


  • Tall version found in areas of tidal flooding
  • Short form in higher levels of marsh
  • Tall form has flowering head
  • Known for hardiness, tolerates salt water inundation



  • Important for fauna, incl. blue crab
  • Nursery for finfish
  • Buffers shoreline erosion

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