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Common Name: Sand Couch
Elytrigia juncea is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes used in soil stabilization projects
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.