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Inland Saltgrass

Distichlis spicata, native

  • Extremely salt tolerant
  • Can form dense monoculture stands
  • Sod-forming with a hearty root system
  • Rhizomes have sharp points that allow it to spread in hard soils
  • Grows easily in salty and alkaline soils, excreting salts via salt glands
  • Can grow up to 50 cm tall but is usually shorter
  • Plant has solid, stiff stems
  • Has green or purple-tinted spikelets
  • Nesting grounds for birds
  • Resistant to fire
  • Native to North America
  • Widespread throughout North and South America
  • Warm season grass

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Characteristics Table
Growth HabitRhizomatous
Flood ToleranceExcellent
Drought ToleranceGood
Salt ToleranceExcellent
Soil PHSaline to Alkaline
Soil TypeFine, Moderately Fine, Medium
Approx. Seeds/lb520,000
Canopy Mature Height25-65 cm
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