Gulf cordgrass

Spartina spartinae



Stout, coarse stems grow from a crown of dense tufts. Leaf blades are narrow and the edges roll inward, making them look like a heavy cord. The inflorescence is short, compact and cylindrical. The florets fit close together on opposite sides of the axis. The glumes have short, bristly hairs on the margin. This grass has also been called "beargrass" and "coastal sacahuista".

Gulf cordgrass is a perennial, warm-season, native - 36 to 72 inches tall.

Fair grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


Grows abundantly in saline soils.


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