common cordgrass
Spartina anglica C.E. Hubbard


Spartina anglica is a perennial rhizomatous grass that can grow from 11.8-51.2 in. (30-130 cm) tall.
Leaves are 13.8-17.7 in. (35-45 cm) long, linear, flat, smooth, firm, green-grey in color with a fine apex, pointed tips, and entire margins. Where the leaf meets the sheath is a dense row of hair.
Inflorescence is 4.7-15.7 in. (12-40 cm) long with 2-12 spikes that are 5.5-8.3 in. (14-21 cm) long. Flowers are colorless. Flowering periods vary based on the different climates of the plant’s location.
Seeds are 0.6-0.8 in. (1.5-2 cm) long. Dozens are made by each flower head and are spread by the wind and tide. S. anglica can also spread through underground stems.
Ecological Threat
Spartina anglica can be found in mudflats, channels, marshes, and even in meadows. It is native to northern Europe.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Spartina
Subject: Spartina anglica C.E. Hubbard


Plants - Grass or Grasslike