Spartina patens

Marshhay Cordgrass

Poaceae (Gramineae)

Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Use as a shoreling stabilization plant on edges of sand beaches and saltmarsh.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Birds and other animals eat the seeds.

Native Habitats:Salt and brackish water of shores, farmlands, marshes, dunes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:If grown in a freshwater environment, S. patens will grow much bigger.