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Digitaria sanguinalis - (L.)Scop.
                 
Common Name Crab Grass, Hairy crabgrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards There is a report that the leaves might be cyanogenic[218].
Habitats Arable ground and waste places in Britain[17].
Range Cosmopolitan. A rare casual in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late fall, Mid fall. Form: Spreading or horizontal.

Digitaria sanguinalis Crab Grass, Hairy crabgrass


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Digitaria sanguinalis Crab Grass, Hairy crabgrass
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Physical Characteristics
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Digitaria sanguinalis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
Panicum sanguinale.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - ground up and used as a flour[2, 57, 105]. It has excellent keeping qualities[74] and makes a fine white flour that can be used for semolina[74, 115].
Medicinal Uses


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Emetic;  Ophthalmic;  VD.

A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea[218]. A folk remedy for cataracts and debility, it is also said to be emetic[178, 218].
Other Uses
Paper.

A fibre obtained from the plant is used in making paper[74]. Animals: Fodder/animal feed, Forage.
Cultivation details
Prefers a sandy soil[50]. Requires a warm sheltered position[162]. This species is occasionally cultivated, especially in Poland, for its edible seed. Special Features: Invasive.
Propagation
Seed - best sown in situ in the spring[162]. Only just cover the seed.

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Other Names
crabgrass. hairy crabgrass, hairy finger-grass, large crabgrass, crab finger grass, purple crabgrass. Spanish: alpiste cimar (Honduras); frente de toro (Honduras); fresadilla (Honduras); garrachuelo; pasto de cuaresma (Argentina); pendejuelo (Nicaragua); sombrillitas (Honduras); zacate digitaria (Honduras); zacate pata de gallina (Honduras). French: manne terrestre; panic sanguin; sanguinette. Portuguese: milha-digitada. Argentina: pasto colchón, pasto cuaresma. Brazil: milha-de-pendao. France: Digitaire sanguine. Germany: Bluthirse; Fingerhirse, Blutrote. Italy: sanguinella. Netherlands: Bloedgierst. Spain: pata de gallina.
Found In
Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea Republic of, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, USA, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Vietnam.
Weed Potential

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D. sanguinalis is a noxious weed particularly common in maize, beet, vegetable crops, orchards and vineyards. It is one of the major weeds found in early-sown rice. It is also found on waste ground, railway embankments, neglected lawns and grassy ridges [1d].
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Digitaria ciliarisSouthern Crab Grass, Southern crabgrass10
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Elizabeth H.
Mike Johnson (B.Eng & Hort Cert IV) Sat Jun 2 2007
More commonly called "Summer Grass" in Australia, where it is a troublesome temperate area summer garden weed.
Elizabeth H.
Mike Johnson (B.Eng & Hort Cert IV) Sat Jun 2 2007
More commonly called "Summer Grass" in Australia, where it is a troublesome temperate area summer garden weed.
Elizabeth H.
herbalheritage Wed Apr 1 2009

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