Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata)
Sea oats are commonly planted on coastal dunes to stabilize the dune and allow sand to accumulate. Note that in Florida, people wishing to plant in the dunes should contact their local Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) office and ask about permit requirements. Generally, dune plantings are not recommended during sea turtle nesting season because of the risk of damage to sea turtle nests.
Below are some resources that might be of interest to those considering planting sea oats:
- Planting sea oats for dune restoration - Fact Sheet (136KB PDF)
- Flier about the importance of dunes and sea turtle nesting (114KB PDF)
- Sources of sea oats in Florida (PDF)
Information about the October 2001-May 2002 sea oats planting at North Beach in Fernandina Beach, FL: