The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Common Name: Sand Couch
Elytrigia juncea is a Perennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It has miscellaneous uses.
S. Europe to W. Asia.
Dry sandy soils[
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought resistant[
]. Tolerates saline soils[
Plants have an extensive spreading root system and are used to stabilize inland sand dunes, they tolerate salty conditions[
Seed - sow mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
If the supply of seed is limited, it can also be sown in mid spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in summer[
Division in spring or summer[
]. 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.