sea oats

noun
a tall grass, Uniola paniculata, of coastal areas of southeastern North America, having as its inflorescence a densely crowded panicle, used to control sand erosion.

Origin:
1890–95; Americanism

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Run barefoot through the tall sea oats and across the dunes.
The primary and secondary dunes are home to a wide range of birds and mammals,
  sea oats, and many of the succulent beach plants.
The primary dunes have low growing vines, herbs and sea oats.
So important in fact, that the picking or disturbing of sea oats and other
  vegetation is strictly prohibited.
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