Considering recent weather events, Hoffman Nurseries wants to take some time to feature one of their crops that’s ready to be planted in the landscape during the fall season, Ammophila breviligulata.
American Beach Grass is a cool-season perennial bunch grass that grows about 2-3 feet tall and spreads vigorously by rhizomes. The best time to plant is NOW (or more specifically October to March). This grass is native to sand dunes of the Atlantic Ocean from New England to South Carolina and along the shores of the Great Lakes. It adapts to heat, wind, arid shifting sand, and salt spray.
This plant is known to trap and stabilize windblown sand, which facilitates the creation of new dune systems and therefore natural succession in the ecosystem. Having these dune systems can protect land, property, and wildlife habitat during hurricanes and storms.
Fun fact: One stalk planted properly in a well-prepared production field can yield up to fifty stems in one growing season.