Coastal Plants in Michigan and the Great Lakes

From wildflowers to cattails to dune grasses — plants provide pleasing backdrops and picturesque panoramas. However, they also contribute much more than beauty to a landscape. For example, in the Great Lakes, native shoreline plants help hold surface sands in place and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Many coastal Great Lakes plants are well adjusted to hard living, managing to survive the threat of invasive species, harsh beach climates and fluctuating water levels.


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