Spartina alterniflora /Smooth Cordgrass

Spartina alterniflora  / Spartina alterniflora
Clumps of the fine-textured foliage
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Clumps of the fine-textured foliage

Summer foliage

South Crolina marsh

Cordgrass beyond the water in autumn color

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Scientific Name: Spartina alterniflora
Common Name: Smooth Cordgrass
Plant Type: Deciduous
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: High
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a clump grass that is used in coastal erosion projects and is an especially effective species for estuary reclamation because of it salt tolerance. It is a major species for salt marsh revegetation. Another positive feature of this grass is its ability to trap sediments.