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Common Name: Albardine
Lygeum spartum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.45 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
Europe - Mediterranean.
Rocky sea shores[
], on dry sandy or clayey, often gypsaceous soil[
Prefers a light loamy soil[
]. The plants are also likely to require a sunny position[
A fibre is obtained from the leaves[
], it makes a fine quality paper[
]. Used also for making mats, sails, ropes etc[
Seed - surface sow in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and grow them on for their first winter in the greenhouse. Plant out in spring of the following year.
Division in spring. 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.