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Ammophila breviligulata (American Beach Grass)

American Beach Grass, American Beachgrass, American Marram

Ammophila breviligulata, American Beach Grass, American Beachgrass, American Marram

Found on the Atlantic coast and the lower Great Lakes, Ammophila breviligulata (American Beach Grass) is an evergreen perennial grass arising from horizontal and vertical underground rhizomes that can reach 20 ft. long and deep (6 m). Helping to knit a dune together, American Beach Grass is an efficient dune stabilizer. It can withstand sand burial by sending up vertical rhizomes that produce new emerging stems. Large, showy, sandy blond inflorescences bloom on stiff, erect culms in late spring to early fall. An iconic groundcover which tolerates heat, wind and salt spray.

  • Grows up to 12-36 in. tall (30-90 cm). Reproduction occurs primarily by the rhizomes, which can form large colonies.
  • Performs best in full sun in loam or sandy, well-drained soils. Salt tolerant.
  • Perfect for beaches, sand dunes and coastal gardens.
  • Generally pest and disease free, it requires very little care and provides months of interest.
  • Native to eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Poaceae
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Southeast, Northeast, California, Midwest, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Poaceae
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Southeast, Northeast, California, Midwest, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
Tolerance Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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