Herb: Albardine


Latin name: Lygeum spartum


Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
45 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
May

Habitat of Albardine:

Rocky sea shores, on dry sandy or clayey, often gypsaceous soil.

Other uses of the herb:

A fibre is obtained from the leaves, it makes a fine quality paper. Used also for making mats, sails, ropes etc.

Propagation of Albardine:

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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Rocky sea shores, on dry sandy or clayey, often gypsaceous soil.

Medicinal use of Albardine:

None known

Known hazards of Lygeum spartum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.