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Saltmarsh cordgrass, Smooth cordgrass Spartina alterniflora var. glabra
Copyright by: Susan Trammell
General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Ecological Restoration Notes: Utilized as a water and substrate stabilizer in tidal swamp restorations in South Florida. Natural populations are very rare.
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description: Medium herbaceous grass.
Dimensions: Emergent 1-2 feet above the water. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming patches much broader than tall.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Widespread along the eastern coastline of North American west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; northeastern coast of South America. Very rare in South Florida. Perhaps never naturally present or natural populations extirpated in Broward County; now cultivated there. Reported in error for the Monroe County Keys.