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Ammophila arenaria

Marram grass

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Plant type

Native shrub



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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (204364)

Plant details

This native grass is frequently found around the UK's coasts and beaches, especially in the south and west. It has tightly rolled, sharply pointed grey-green leaves, and produces large spikes of cream or pale yellow flowers in June. As a coastal plant, it is very tolerant of salt and sea spray, and grows in sand or very free-draining soil. The tough, spreading roots of this grass make it a useful tool to stop the erosion of sandy soil. In several areas of Guernsey, it has been planted just for this purpose to provide stability to shifting sands.

Genus: Ammophila

Species: arenaria

Plant type: Native shrub

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

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