Our most common native grass at the Bird Sanctuary. This is our dune builder and gives structure to our design.
This is a common volunteer who sprang up without any help from us.
Another welcome volunteer. Its roots help hold the soil like the Marram and Sand Reed grasses.
The reddish stems in winter are a tell-tale identifier of this important member of our community.
A tall decorative grass that does well in our sandy dry conditions. Another mainstay of the Sanctuary. Flowering stems are very tall. Seed heads are yellowish.
Switch Grass has beautiful light and delicate flowers and reddish seed heads. Not as tall as Sand Reed Grass. It has a rough sawtooth edge to the blades.
This horrible plant is the scourge of many shorelines and waterways. Extremely aggressive it takes over whole banks creating dense mats. Fortunately we have only a little on the very south end of our area.
This early non-native annual is a scourge out west where it is taking over rangeland and a major contributor to grassland fires.
The scourge of our existence. An aggressive invasive from the adjoining parkland. Its dense deep roots crowd out our native plantings. We spend a lot of time pulling this weed.