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Spartina patensSpartina patens

salt meadow hay

Photograph(s) by*: CM NRCS


Height: 1-3'
Flowers: Jul.-Sept.;
Fruit: achene (dry, flat seed)

Conditions *

Light: Full sun
Moisture: Moist Wet
Soil pH: 5.3-7.5
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy
Salinity: 0-35 ppt


coastal salt and brackish tidal marshes; irregularly flooded high marsh at or above Mean High tide line

Native to

Region: Coastal *
States: MD VA DE NY


Songbird Waterfowl *


forms large mats; good for shore erosion control; tolerates salinity to 35 ppt

 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004