Spartina patens - Salt Marsh Hay
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Salt hay grass is a slender and wiry plant that grows in thick mats 1 to 2 feet high. Its stems are wispy and hollow, and the leaves roll inward and appear round. Because its stems are weak, the wind and water action can bend the grass, creating the appearance of a field of tufts and cowlicks. Like its relative smooth cordgrass, salt hay grass produces wheat-like fruits and flowers on only one side of the stalk. Flowers are a deep purple from June to October and turn brown in the winter months.

These grasses provide rich habitat for juvenile and adult crustaceans, mollusks, and birds, and serve as a major source of organic nutrients for the entire estuary. Mats of salt hay grass are inhabited by many small animals and are an important food source for ducks and sparrows.