Spartina patens

             Spartina patens, commonly called “saltmeadow cordgrass,” is native to the Atlantic Coast states and those states along the Gulf of Mexico. It grows predominantly in salt marshes in these areas. It is now found in states along the Pacific Coast as well, and in these areas it is considered an invasive plant with damaging effects to coastal ecosystems. In Southern and Eastern states of the U.S, it plays an important role in preventing erosion of the soil in salty and brackish marsh areas where few other plants can grow.