Inland saltgrass

Distichlis spicata var. stricta



Erect, coarse stems grow from creeping, scaly rootstocks. Leaves are alternate with sheaths closely overlapping. Blades are short, rigid, tightly curled and pointed. Ligule is a minute, membranous collar. Male and female spikelets are borne separately. The male spikelet is shown at left, and the female spikelet at right. The edge of the lemma is yellow and coarse.

Inland saltgrass is a perennial, warm-season, native - 6 to 24 inches tall.

Fair grazing for livestock. Poor grazing for wildlife.


Grows well on moist alkaline or saline sites.