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Mauritanian vine reed
The Mauritanian vine reed, is a large grass native to Mediterranean Europe and north west Africa.
It enjoys well-drained soils in full sun and will produce dense tussocks of linear leaves that can be used to make rope - if you've nothing better to do.
The name comes from the Greek ampelos, "vine", and desmos, "bond", from its former use as a string to tie up grapevines.
The leaves are leathery and evergreen whilst the very long drooping flowerheads are held aloft on tall pale stems. As the season progresses the flowering stems fade to a take on a straw colour. These will persist throughout the winter and will really come to the fore when lit by low winter sun.
Needs a warm, sheltered spot.
Tender perennial grass (E)
Full sun, sheltered