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Leymus arenarius
Leymus arenarius habitus.jpeg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Leymus
Species: L. arenarius
Binomial name
Leymus arenarius
(L.) Hochst.

Leymus arenarius (L.) Hochst. (syn. Elymus arenarius L.) is a psammophylic (sand-loving) species of grass in the Poaceae family, native to Atlantic, Central and Northern Europe and the coldest shores of North America.

Leymus arenarius is commonly known as sea lyme grass, or simply lyme grass.[1]

In the Canadian Arctic, Leymus arenarius is used by Inuit people for basket weaving. Sanikiluaq, Nunavut is particularly known for its sea lyme basketry – a tradition that died out for two decades but has since been revived.[1]

In Europe, the plant's stems are used for roof thatching and can be woven into a coarse fabric. Seeds have provided food in the past. Beginning as early as the 18th century, the plant's extensive network of roots was used in stabilizing sands on northern coastal beaches.[2]

During the 17th century reign of William III, the Scottish Parliament passed a law protecting Leymus arenarius. Under the 18th century reign of George I, the British Parliament expanded the law to protect the plant on English coasts. This law went as far as declaring the cutting or possession of the grass to be a penal offense.[2]


  1. ^ a b Sankiliuaq. Canada's Arctic: Nunavut. (retrieved 16 March 2009)
  2. ^ a b Sea Lyme Grass. Plant Guide. (retrieved 11 April 2009)

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Yakima Herald-Republic
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:18:55 -0700

Years earlier, I planted lyme grass (Leymus arenarius) and gardener's garters (Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta'), two varieties that were so rampant that they quickly jumped the garden bed and headed across the lawn, bound for Franklin Park. If that wasn't ...


Fri, 23 May 2014 16:09:29 -0700

And for a seaside-style garden or minimalist-raised bed in the sun, go for Gertrude Jekyll's favourite grass, Leymus arenarius. It is a scarce British seashore native with broad blue-green leaves on stiff stems. But beware: it spreads and will pop up ...


Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:25:27 -0800

Many gardeners chop back the plants in their beds and borders as soon as they start to look tatty in October or November, but there is much to be gained from leaving the top growth alone until now – birds will take what sustenance they can from seed ...
Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:22:35 -0700

Lyme grass (Leymus arenarius) – about two feet high in steely grey – is one of these. Or so we thought. A friend, after a discussion about her garden and impressed by my wonderful show of leymus, dreamt of a stunning combination of this with Crocosmia ...


Mon, 03 Jun 2013 23:02:17 -0700

The hooligan grasses to avoid are the runners such as gardener's garters (Phalaris arundinacea var. picta), which is an attractive but treacherously invasive variegated sprinter, and lyme grass (Leymus arenarius) – imagine, if you will, a seductively ...
Kelowna Capital News
Sat, 07 Sep 2013 04:05:49 -0700

On the other side of the steps blue lime grass or sand dune grass (Leymus arenarius or Elymus glaucus) has continued to spread even though most was removed after the first year. Do not use this in your gardens. Other grasses on this side include little ...
Fri, 17 Jun 2005 16:32:25 -0700

Also remember that some grasses spread sideways using underground rhizomes - lyme grass (Leymus arenarius) and Phalaris arundinacea (gardener's garters) are the most notorious - and best avoided by the faint-hearted or spatially challenged. Glyceria ...


Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:31:48 -0700

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