American beach grass is one of our more specialized plants, suitable for sand dune restoration and salt, brackish, and some freshwater shorelines. The especially deep root systems of Beach Grass allows it to anchor dune and slopes, able to resist high winds and occasional flooding. As colonies of grass expand, the root system grows both vertically and horizontally, creating a mesh that holds shifting sands together, making it an incredibly important plant in restoring and protecting dunes.
You may be able to grow this plant outside of it’s seaside parameters, but it is sucesptible to nematodes in more “normal” soil conditions. A great spot for this might be as a hellstrip planting, or roadside in a very sandy location, as it can handle salt load from the road. Visually, the stiff, bright green grass leaves form a striking clump, and the tall spike of fluffy seed heads add visual interest as well as food for small seaside birds.
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Ammophila breviligulata (American beach grass)
SIZE: 1/2 quart pot type: grass sun needs: Full sun water needs: dry height: 1-3" plant spacing: 1/sq ft bloom time: July-August bloom color: yellow
good plant companions
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)