Marram Grass Namestnik

photo by Scott Namestnik

Species Present and Native

Flowers: dense, spike-like clusters up to 25 cm (10 in) long and held above the leaves.

Leaves: are 91 cm (3 ft) long and 84 cm (.33 in) wide. They are rigid and rolled. The upper surface is pale green and the underside is shiny, green.

Fruits: Pale green clusters form in summer and become beige in fruit, persisting into winter.

Sun:  Full sun

Ideal conditions: dry sand, especially on the foredune

Tony Troche Marram

Marram grass

Ammophila breviligulata Fern.

Family:     Poaceae (Grass family)

Duration:  Perennial

Height:     60-152 cm (2-5 ft)

Blooming: July-Sept.

Ammophila breviligulata indiana dunes

photo by Nathanael Pilla

Comments: Common along the Atlantic Coast, marram grass is a treat in Indiana beeches stabilizing and forming new dunes.  Marram grass is threatened by the introduced, ornamental lyme grass. They differ in that lyme grass has a distinct blue-green color whereas marram grass is completely green.

Etymology: The genus name comes from the Greek word, ámmos​, which means "sand" and, philos, which means "friend of" or "fond of". The epithet is derived from the two words brevi- which means "short" and ligulata meaning "tongue form" referring to its ligule.  


photo by Tony Troche