Plants For Coastal Salt Marsh

Alnus rubra, Red Alder, is a great plant for erosion control, and fixes nitrogen. - grid24_12
Alnus rubra Red Alder

Alnus rubra, Red Alder is a deciduous tree that grows  fast to 10', moderately to 20', slow to 50'. Red Alder is native to Berkeley, Crescent City, Pt. Reyes, up along the coast in British Columbi... Learn more.

Aster chilensis, California Aster - grid24_12
Aster chilensis California Aster

California aster ( Symphyotrichum chilense) has summer flowers that make showy cheerful displays along roadsides of much of Coastal Southern California. Great for a woodland shade garden or full su... Learn more.

Atriplex patula var. hastata Spear Oracle

Atriplex patula, is annual, with green leaves, insignificant flowers, grows in moist, saline places, coastal and interior. north coast of California, foothills of the Cascade range, central coast, ... Learn more.

West Coast lady Butterfly on Baccharis douglasii Marsh Baccharis - grid24_12
Baccharis douglasii Marsh Baccharis

A 3 ft perennial with green-brown stems and green leaves. Very fast in wet-moist places. Baja to Humboldt and the Central Sierra. Baccharis species are the nectary sources for most of the predatory wa... Learn more.

Batis maritima Beachwort

dioecious shrub, with fleshy leaves and insignificant flowers, coastal salt marsh inhabitant, grows on the southern coast of California, to southeastern U.S., the Caribbean, Hawaii, and northern Sout... Learn more.

Carex fracta. Fragile Sheath Sedge - grid24_12
Carex fracta Fragile Sheathed Sedge

A beautiful green perennial that lives in mountain meadows, road cuts, rocky slopes, and seeps. The soil can be fairly dry, but as it dries out the foliage will fade. This sedge looks kinda like som... Learn more.

Cressa truxillensis Cressa

Low, tufted, subshrub, with gray, woolly leaves, white flowers, in the morning-glory family, in low alkaline and saline areas,. situated in many habitats. Is listed as being invasive or possessi... Learn more.

Cuscuta salina Salt-Marsh Dodder - grid24_12
Cuscuta salina Salt-Marsh Dodder

This dodder is more delicate than the normal' form, fine stems', cute little flowers. This PARISITE grows commonly on Jaumea, Frankenia(which in the picture Frankenia was nearly dead) and other salt m... Learn more.

Distichlis spicata, Saltgrass, grows well in areas of salty soil.  - grid24_12
Distichlis spicata Saltgrass

This species looks like bermuda grass and can be treated as such. Use as lawn, for restoration in salt marshes, excellent in parks. It will handle heavy traffic if it is in its element. Gallon plants ... Learn more.

Epipactis gigantea, Stream Orchid. I think this was at Big Bear - grid24_12
Epipactis gigantea Stream Orchid

Giant Helleborine or Stream Orchid, Epipactis gigantea,  is a perennial orchid that grows in wet or moist places. Stream Orchid will go dormant at the first sign of drought. Grows all over the West ... Learn more.

Frankenia grandiflora, Alkali Heath - grid24_12
Frankenia grandiflora Alkali Heath

New Name: Frankenia salina. Rhizomatous subshrub, with somewhat fkeshy leaves, small white to pink flowers, forms clumps, grows in salt marshes in clay loam soil, with high salt content. in salt mars... Learn more.

Grindelia robusta - grid24_12
Grindelia robusta

Syn: Grindelia camporum var. camporum and Grindelia camporum var. bracteosum. See Grindelia camporum. Learn more.

Jaumea carnosa Jaumea - grid24_12
Jaumea carnosa Jaumea

Jaumea is a low perennial, that spreads by rhizomes. It has small yellow daisy flowers and fleshy leaves. Jaumea grows in coastal salt marshes and tolerates brackish water and alkaline soil. Jaum... Learn more.

this old picture was taken in San Diego county, in a salt marsh - grid24_12
Juncus acutus var. ssp. leopoldii Spiny Rush

This plant has been given many names, among them Juncus acutus ssp. leopoldii and Juncus acutus var. sphaerocarpus. A large perennial with rounded, stiff, rigid leaves with sharp tips(spines). The flo... Learn more.

Juncus leseurii Salt Rush - grid24_12
Juncus leseurii Salt Rush

An interesting rush, a creeping dune dweller that grows near marshes from B.C. to South America and along the California coast. This would be a good plant to help stabilize sandy soil. In a normal gar... Learn more.

In this very old photo, circa 1980, Lasthenia glabrata, Goldfields, is here living up to its name, in the shadscale scrub of the Carrizo Plains, San Luis Obispo county, California. - grid24_12
Lasthenia glabrata Goldfields

A small little early spring annual that is a pioneer species in many bad habitats. In the San Joaquin Valley it makes mass displays of bright yellow in areas that are still intact. It will grow in any... Learn more.

Monanthochloe littoralis Shoregrass

Creeping , somewhat prostrate perennial grass, flowers not showy, inhabits the coastal salt marshes of the southern coast of California, the Channel Islands. Its range extends to the southern U.S., Cu... Learn more.

Salt Marsh Fleabane with a Gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus - grid24_12
Pluchea odorata var. odorata Salt Marsh Fleabane

(P. purpurascens, P. camphorata) A weird-smelling perennial that has a large flower cluster like a yarrow on an almost succulent plant. Native bees, flies and wasps seem to get drunk on it. Salt Marsh... Learn more.

Salicornia subterminale Pickleweed - grid24_12
Salicornia subterminale Pickleweed

Erect to spreading perennial, fleshy, jointed stems, with scalelike leaves, from creeping rootstocks, insignificant flowers, an inhabitant of alkaline sinks and coastal salt marshes. Found in SAn Fran... Learn more.

Salicornia virginica Pickleweed

somewhat shrubby perennial, with jointed stems, insignificant flowers, this genus is a major component of salt marshes worldwide, NCo, SnJV, CCo, SCo, ChI, to AK, Baja CA, eUS, Caribbean, MEdit. Learn more.

Scirpus maritimus Alkali Bulrush

(Syn. S. campestris. S. paludosus, S. robustus, S. pacificus) A creeping perennial with aggressive rhizomes that will fill in a moist creek or salt marsh bank. Learn more.

Solidago guiradonis,  GUIRADO'S GOLDENROD with skipper and bee. - grid24_12
Solidago guiradonis GUIRADO'S GOLDENROD

GUIRADO'S GOLDENROD is bright green with yellow flowers and grows from Morro Bay to upper arroyo Grande and up into the wetter areas in souther San Benito County. In both ends of it's range this Soli... Learn more.

Spartina foliosa Cordgrass

A perennial grass, with creeping underground stems, aboveground stems are rigid, leaves are tough, up to 4 1/2 feet in height, flowers not showy, grows in coastal salt marshes along the coast of Calif... Learn more.

Suaeda californica Seepweed - grid24_12
Suaeda californica Seepweed

Sea-Blite is a Rare plant. CNPS List 1b, R-E-D Code 3-3-3. The foliage is grey-green smooth (like a small iceplant) flowers are yellow-green blobs that resemble clusters of pollen followed fruits tha... Learn more.

Suaeda taxifolia Woolly sea-blite

Woolly sea-blite is a shrub, hairy to hairless, covered with white blooms, and leaves fleshy. It is only found on the south coast of California, from Santa Barbara County south, the Channel Islands,... Learn more.

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