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Distichlis spicata

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Species Name: Distichlis spicata
Common Name: Salt grass

Tolerates salty or alkaline soils. Excellent low grass for coastal gardens.

Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Type: Grass
Height by Width: 1' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Low and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Seehead
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout California
Natural Habitat: Salt marshes, moist alkaline areas

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Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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