Sea Oats

Along Atlantic Ocean beaches Union paniculata (sea oats) helps form dunes and prevent erosion, protecting the coastline from wind and storm surges. The tall grass also creates a welcome habitat for birds and loggerhead sea turtles.

During a quick trip to Pine Knoll Shores, NC last weekend the sea oats gleamed golden in the evening sun.

Union paniculata (sea oats)

Union paniculata (sea oats) – 7:23 pm July 16, 2016


The next day, it was hard to leave the peaceful calm and rhythm of the water.

Calm beach at near low tide

Ebb tide on Bogue Banks, a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina

19 thoughts on “Sea Oats

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It’s mostly crowded close to the tall condo resorts. This section has mostly private homes. I was at the retreat center and further out of the frame were dozens of kids in a day camp program!

  1. germac4

    Great photo of the Sea Oats. Coming from Australia I’m interested in the way Sea Oats help prevent erosion, don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like that here. Thanks for sharing.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hi. I love the beach but not really an expert on the sea oats. The seed heads catch sand and help trap sand to build up the dunes. The roots are very deep and I think spread from rhizomes. But they do not withstand people walking on them so they are protected with laws and people are asked not to walk on the dunes.


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