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

Characteristics Table
Growth Habit Rhizomatous
Flood Tolerance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Good
Salt Tolerance Excellent
Soil PH Saline to Alkaline
Soil Type Fine, Moderately Fine, Medium
Approx. Seeds/lb 520,000
Canopy Mature Height 25-65 cm

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