Lygeum spartum: esparto: gray-green needlegrasses (Stipa tenacissima and Lygeum spartum) in the family Poaceae that are indigenous to southern Spain. Lygeum spartum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Family: Poaceae Barnhart. Genus: Lygeum Loefl. ex L. Lygeum spartum Loefl. ex L. This species is accepted, and its native range is Medit. Toggle navigation.

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Lygeum spartum

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. A fibre is obtained from the leaves[1, 61, ], it makes a fine quality paper[]. Used also for making mats, sails, ropes etc[46]. Prefers a light loamy soil[1].

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Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. For a list of references used on this page please go here. This is a QR code short for Spartu, Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras.

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Range Europe – Mediterranean. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite has both male and female organs and is pollinated by Wind. It cannot grow in the shade.

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It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information.

Rocky sea shores[1], on dry sandy or clayey, often gypsaceous soil[50].