Lygeum spartum (False Esparto Grass). A relatively slow spreading rhizomatous bunch grass with attractive vertically-inclined pale yellowish to gray-green rush-like leaves. It grows to 60-90 cm tall and flowers in Spring, carrying on into Summer. The husk-like flowers have 2 or 3 large single flower spikelets fused together at the base and surrounded by many long hairs that are further enveloped by a pair of large delicate rose-coloured spathe-like bracts. Plant in full sun to light shade in almost any soil and irrigate occasionally, particularly in Spring, until established.
This is a drought & salt tolerant grass, hardy to around -12 C. Although it remains fairly neat looking, its appearance can be improved by raking out the dead foliage or cutting it back in late Autumn to allow re-growth in winter and spring. Lygeum spartum is naturally widespread throughout the Mediterranean, the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. It has an extensive root system that has been shown to play a significant role in preventing soil erosion by stabilising sand and exposed sites. It is also a valued source of forage for grazing animals, as well as habitat for wildlife such as insects and reptiles. A truly drought tolerant ornamental grass that can also grow in seasonally wetter conditions without getting too large.
Lygeum is not invasive, and can be pruned to the ground any time of year to encourage new growth and freshen up its appearance, however this should not been done too often as you can deplete the plant's reserves, particularly in years of low winter rainfall.
|Imagem da espécie Lygeum spartum|
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|S. Rae from Scotland, UK, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons|
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
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