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Grey hair-grass grows in small dense tussocks and easily resembles a head of hair. However, not a soft head of hair. Its long narrow leaves are covered in tiny prickles. Thanks to its tolerance of high temperatures and lack of water, it is a perfect plant for the open dry Dutch dunes. It is often one of the first plants to grow in a sand-drift. As soon as too many other plants take root in the same area, this grass will start to disappear. Grey hair-grass is ingenious in containing water, using its fine side roots as a kind of net around the parent root, like a sock.

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