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Eragrostis pilosa - (L.)P.Beauv.

Common Name Soft Love Grass, Indian lovegrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Roadsides, waste places and old fields[43].
Range Warm Temperate regions.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Eragrostis pilosa Soft Love Grass, Indian lovegrass


Tracey Slotta @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Eragrostis pilosa Soft Love Grass, Indian lovegrass
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 1: 240.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eragrostis pilosa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) 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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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - ground into a flour and used as a cereal[105]. It is generally seen as a famine food, but is used regularly in some areas[177]. The seed is very small and fiddly to utilize[K].

Medicinal Uses

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Vulnerary

The plant is said to be an effective cure for contusions[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any good loam or humus-rich soil in a sunny position[162]. Prefers a light soil[1]. Plants are harvested (from the wild?[K]) on a regular basis in E. Africa for their edible seed[177].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. The seed can also be sown in situ in mid to late spring, though in a cool summer it may fail to ripen many seeds[162].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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