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Plants of the UNF Campus

Spartina bakeri - Sand cord grass
Family Poaceae


About fifteen species of Spartina are native to North America, Europe and Asia. The sand cord grass is native to Florida and the southern U.S. Although it naturally grows in marshes and wetland edges, this clumping grass is very drought tolerant. It is a recent introduction to the landscape industry and seems to be growing in popularity. Seeds are a valuable wildlife food.


See plants in parking lot 2 in front of the library and at the entrance to building 51.


Herbaceous plant with leaves to about three feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: drought tolerant once established

Soil: average soil, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements

This native grass is adaptable to moist and dry soils in sunny sites. It is becoming a popular landscape plant in northeast Florida, especially in commercial landscapes.

Spartina bakeri