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Leymus condensatus - (J.Presl.)A.Löve.
                 
Common Name Giant Wild Rye
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dunes by the coast, dry plains and slopes[43]. Also found in damp alkaline soils near streams[95].
Range Western N. America - Alberta to British Columbia, south to Nebraska, Arizona and California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Leymus condensatus Giant Wild Rye


Leymus condensatus Giant Wild Rye
   
Physical Characteristics
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Leymus condensatus is a PERENNIAL growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms
Leymus condensatus.

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

Seed - cooked[22, 46, 105, 161]. It can be ground into a flour and used to make bread[61, 95, 177]. The seed is rather small and rather difficult to extract[K].
Medicinal Uses


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Ophthalmic.

A decoction or infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash for sore eyes[257]. The dried leaves have been used to scrape pimples from the underside of the eyelid[257].
Other Uses
Brush;  Thatching;  Weaving.

The leaves are used for making mats, rope, paper etc. The stems are used for thatching roofs etc[257]. The roots can be tied together and used as a hair comb[257].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[1, 162]. Established plants are drought resistant[61]. Plants are tolerant of saline and alkaline soils[61]. A very variable species[1], it is possibly suitable for cultivation as a perennial cereal[95].
Propagation
Seed - sow mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed[162]. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. If the supply of seed is limited, it can also be sown in mid spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in summer[K] Division in spring or summer[162]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Leymus arenariusLyme Grass, Sand ryegrass20
Leymus racemosusVolga Wild Rye, Mammoth wildrye30
Leymus triticoidesSquaw Grass, Beardless wildrye30
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