|The arching inflorescences of Ampelodesmos mauritanicus developing in June.|
The modern country of Mauritania seems a long way from North Yorkshire, but in classical times Mauritania referred to the western portion of the Maghreb, in present day Morocco. The grass is found there and in southern Europe and presumably there is some variation in hardiness. Books say it is not entirely hardy in northern Britain, so we shall see how it fares long term (the past two winters having been very mild), but this year it has been a star.
|The flowers opened in mid-July.|
|The flowering heads took their place among the summer profusion of flowers, here in July. The tuft of dark green leaves is just visible.|
|Catching the light on a late August evening|
|- and on a frosty morning in November.|
|Still firmly arching and framing the border this week.|