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Spartina alternifloraSpartina alterniflora

salt marsh or smooth cordgrass

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS

Characteristics

Height: 2-7'
Flowers: Jul.-Sept.

Conditions *

Light: Full sun
Moisture: Moist Wet
Soil pH: 5.4-7
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy
Salinity: 0-35 ppt

Habitat

salt and brackish tidal marshes (mid-tide up to Mean High tide level)

Native to

Region: Coastal *
States: MD VA DE NY

Wildlife

Songbird Waterfowl Small mammal *

Notes

good for shore stabilization; important in seaside habitats; short form (<1.5 ft) found in irregularly flooded high marsh, tall form in regularly flooded low marsh; tolerates salinity to 35 ppt



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1299.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004