Lowcountry Lexicon: Pluff Mudd

by | Jul 9, 2005

Pluff Mudd is a term indigenous to the South Carolina Lowcountry. It refers to the odiferous ooze that carpets marsh bottoms and riverbeds in the tidal zones of the May and Colleton rivers. Pluff Mudd smells of rotten eggs, and is the reason why salt marshes have that typical smell at low tide—the result of anaerobic bacteria that proliferate in the muck. Pluff Mudd is rich in nutrients, and supports a rich ecosystem for the oysters, shrimp and other aquatic creatures.

Wilderness Way by Peggy Duncan

Pluff Mudd is also a Calhoun Street gallery in historic Bluffton, owned and operated by painter, Peggy Duncan.