Ammophila breviligulata Fernald
Ammophila breviligulata is a grass.
Ammophila breviligulata was described by Merritt Lyndon Fernald in 1920. The name is considered as validly published.
The comparatively fast-growing grasses have a erect habit and reach heights of 60 to 100 centimetres. The main growing season is from spring to fall.
Ammophila breviligulata is evergreen. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The foliage is dense in summer and porous in winter.
Flowers and Fruits
Ammophila breviligulata produces yellow flowers from July to September.
The grasses produce brown caryopses in summer.
The plants produce rhizomes which give rise to vegetative spread.
Ammophila breviligulata is native to eastern Canada, the Northeast of the US, the central Northeast of the US and North Carolina.
The grasses prefer a sunny situation on dry soil. The substrate should be comparatively rich with a pH between 5,8 and 7,8. The plants need a soil depth of at least 51 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5) and need a frost-free period of at least 19 weeks.
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- low: anaerobic soil
- medium: drought
- high: soil salinity, calcareous soil
The recommended planting distance is 90 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 3 to 5.
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by ripe cuttings.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.