Saltmeadow cordgrass is a native perennial grass with wiry leaves that often form a whorled pattern. It grows in high, irregularly flooded areas of salt and brackish marshes along the Chesapeake Bay.
Saltmeadow cordgrass has drooping, wiry, dark green leaves that grow 6 to 12 inches in length. The leaves are shiny on top and rough on the bottom. Spikes of tiny, overlapping florets bloom in June to October. The rhizomes are long and slender. Saltmeadow cordgrass grows 1 to 4 feet tall.
This plant grows in dense colonies in high parts of salt and brackish tidal marshes and is very common in parts of the marsh that are irregularly flooded by tides. It can also be found on beaches, dunes and tidal flats.
Found near the shores of the middle and lower Chesapeake Bay and its tidal creeks and rivers.
Saltmeadow cordgrass usually reproduces asexually when its long, underground rhizomes spread and form new stems. It also produces seeds sparsely.