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Assateague Shore, Marsh, and Forest Plants

A great variety of plant species has found a home on Assateague, and for many of the flowering plants, late July is a good time to visit the island. It is then that you'll see the marsh and rose mallow, the trumpet creepers, and many others in bloom. A good place to explore the plant life is along the Assateague refuge's Wildlife Loop (map).

For the sake of convenience, the plants have divided into four sections representing zones or areas on the island. Some plants will be found in more than the one area in which they have been included. Where the bay-side water comes close to the ocean shore, such as in the case of Toms Cove on the refuge, plants from two or three zones will be found in close proximity.

A NOTE OF CAUTION: POISON IVY AND TICKS. The thickets, marsh areas, and woods on Assateague are full of poison ivy and ticks. On a brief excursion off a trail in even grassy areas, it is not unusual to pick up numerous ticks.

(Please note that pets
are not allowed
on the Chincoteague Refuge
- not even in vehicles)

Plants of Assateague

Ocean Shore

  • Ancient Marsh
  • American Beachgrass, etc.
Brackish and Freshwater Marshes

  • Rose Mallow
  • Cattail
  • Arrow Arum, etc.
Thicket and Maritime Forest

  • Wax Myrtle
  • Trumpet Creeper
  • Loblolly Pine, etc.
Bay-Side Saltmarsh

  • Cordgrasses
  • Groundsel
  • Marsh Elder, etc.
Other Plants on Assateague Not Yet Included in This Collection

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