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Ammophila breviligulata – American Beach Grass

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Ammophila breviligulata – American Beach Grass

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Ammophila breviligulata, commonly known as American Beach Grass, is vital for coastal preservation, thriving in sandy soils where it helps stabilize dunes and prevent erosion.

This hardy perennial grass forms dense tufts that can withstand harsh seaside conditions, including high winds and salt spray. Its deep root system not only anchors the sand but also protects coastal habitats from storm damage.

Ideal for beachfront properties and restoration projects, American Beach Grass is an essential component in managing coastal erosion and supporting wildlife habitats.


Please note: Most pictures represent mature plants. Unless otherwise specified, all of our plants are sold in 4″ pots to make shipping possible and will mature in time.

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Additional information






Grass, Grass-like

Root Type


Leaf Retention


Leaf Arrangement


Leaf Venation






Height Range (ft.)

1.00 to 3.00

Bloom Description


Bloom Time

August, July, September

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Product Description

Explore the ecological importance and rugged beauty of Ammophila breviligulata, known as American Beach Grass. This native grass is a cornerstone species in coastal environments, especially valued for its ability to form extensive root systems that stabilize sand dunes and promote the accumulation of sand and organic material.

Why Plant American Beach Grass?

  • Erosion Control: Its robust growth habit and deep rooting system make it highly effective at stabilizing sand dunes and reducing coastal erosion.
  • Storm Protection: By reinforcing dunes, American Beach Grass acts as a natural barrier against storms, protecting inland areas from wind and water damage.
  • Habitat Support: It provides a critical habitat and nesting grounds for various species of wildlife, including birds and insects, enhancing biodiversity along coastlines.
  • Adaptability: Well-suited to the harsh conditions of coastal environments, it can thrive with minimal care once established, making it ideal for challenging sites.

Cultivation Tips

  • Sunlight and Exposure: Thrives in full sun, requiring exposure to direct sunlight for most of the day.
  • Soil Requirements: Prefers sandy, well-drained soils typical of beachfronts and dunes.
  • Planting: Best planted in the fall or early spring. Planting density should be high to ensure quick coverage and effective dune stabilization.
  • Maintenance: Generally low maintenance, but periodic replanting may be necessary to maintain dense growth and continue effective erosion control.

Landscape Uses

American Beach Grass is primarily used in coastal and environmental restoration projects to prevent erosion and protect shorelines. It’s also used decoratively in seaside gardens where its flowing, tufted appearance complements other coastal plants like sea oats and beach plums.

Environmental Impact

By planting American Beach Grass, you contribute to the preservation of your local coastline and support natural processes that protect and nourish the land. It’s an active participant in shoreline management strategies, offering sustainable solutions to environmental challenges faced by coastal communities.

Incorporating Ammophila breviligulata into coastal landscapes not only helps combat erosion but also enhances the natural beauty and ecological health of the area. It’s a practical, beautiful, and environmentally beneficial choice for anyone looking to improve a coastal property or participate in large-scale dune restoration.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.