Sea oats, Uniola paniculata, do much more than give photographers and beach goers something to admire while capturing seascapes on our beautiful Florida beaches.
Sea oats are a important coastal barrier because their long root structure holds loose sand and vegetating dune structure they support. They assist in our area’s hurricane defense strategy from the sea.
Sea oats are a perennial grass commonly found in the upper sand dunes along beach fronts. They are slow to mature, blooming in mid summer producing a large seed head, or panicle, to ensure future growth.
Sea oats are protected from picking, disturbing, or merely walking through them, which can be punishable by fine.