Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link
Ammophila arenaria is a grass.
Ammophila arenaria was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1827.
The grasses reach heights of to 100 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 20 to 35 centimetres.
Ammophila arenaria is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Ammophila arenaria produces spikes of yellow flowers from June to August.
The grasses produce ornamental brown caryopses in spring.
Ammophila arenaria is native to to the coastal regions of Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, Palaestine and North Africa, and is naturalized in North America .
The grasses prefer a sunny situation. They prefer soil with a pH between 6 and 8,5 and need a soil depth of at least 51 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- flower beds (rich soil)
- open areas
The recommended planting distance is 40 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 5 to 10. Suited as cut flowers.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants need little to no maintenance if grown under suitable conditions.
Pests and Diseases
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