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Lolium temulentum - L.
                 
Common Name Darnel
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The seed is not poisonous but it is often infected by a fungus which is very toxic. It is probably safer not to eat the seed because of the risk involved[114].
Habitats Cultivated fields and waste ground in Britain[17].
Range Europe - Mediterranean. An introduced casual in Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lolium temulentum Darnel


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Lolium temulentum Darnel
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Physical Characteristics
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Lolium temulentum is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to August. 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. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

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

Seed - cooked. Used as a piñole or ground into a flour and used to make bread etc[213, 257]. It is very nutritious, like oats, but it is not advisable to eat the seed due to the risk of fungal infection[114]. This fungal infection, called ergot, causes hallucinations in small doses but can cause severe damage to the nervous system in larger quantities.
Medicinal Uses


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Anodyne;  Sedative.

The seed is anodyne and sedative[4]. It is not actually the seed, but a fungus that is often found on the seed that has the medicinal properties[K].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in situ.
Other Names
Found In
Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Lolium multiflorumItalian Ryegrass00
Lolium perennePerennial Ryegrass, Italian ryegrass, Darnel, Lyme Grass, Terrell Grass, English Ryegrass, Strand Wh11
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Elizabeth H.
Jim Eichner Sun Jul 17 04:45:54 2005
This is the "tares" referred to by Jesus in the parable of the wheat and the tares; from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 13.
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