Spartina patens

Plant Name Salt meadow cord grass
Scientific name Spartina patens
Family Poaceae
Location Salt Marsh
Identifying Characteristics Slender, wiry grass that grows 30-60 cm high

Description

Size:

  • 30-60 cm tall

Features:

  • Leaves are green in spring and summer, turning brown in late fall and winter
  • Wispy and hollow stems
  • Deep purple flowers bloom from June to October
  • Flowers and seeds are only on one side of the stalk

Location

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Uses

  • Used for fodder during the colonial era
  • Salt meadow cord grass serves as a pollution filter and buffers against flooding and shoreline erosion.

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