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Sea oats are well suited to saline environments, and as such, are important to barrier island ecology and are often used in soil stabilization projects because their long root structure firmly holds loose soil. Sea oats are a protected grass in most states along the East Coast. Picking or disturbing sea oats is punishable by fine in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Distribution USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA Native Distribution: Virginia south to Florida; west to Texas. Native Habitat: Coastal sands.
Spotted near the beach at Sullivan Island, SC
Spotted on Jul 5, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014