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Panicum capillare - L.
                 
Common Name Old Witch Grass, Witchgrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open sandy or stony soil or cultivated land in N. America[43]. An occasional abundant weed of carrot crops in E. Anglia[17].
Range N. America - Nova Scotia to North Dakota, south to Florida and Texas. An occasional weed in Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Panicum capillare Old Witch Grass, Witchgrass


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Panicum capillare Old Witch Grass, Witchgrass
   
Physical Characteristics
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Panicum capillare is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. 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), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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

Seed - cooked whole or ground into a powder and used as a flour[257]. It is often mixed with corn[[161, 177]. The seed is very small and fiddly to use, it has a mild flavour and can be used like millet[K]. In the wild, the seed stem breaks off when the seed is ripe and then blows away in the wind, scattering the seed[236].
Medicinal Uses


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Emetic.

An infusion of the leaves has been used as an emetic[257]. An infusion of the plant has been used as a reducing aid when dieting[257].
Other Uses
Broom.

The grass can be made into brooms[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a week. Prick out the seedlings into trays or individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts[200, K].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Panicum urvilleanumDesert Panicgrass20
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