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Koeleria_macrantha - (Ledeb.)Schult.

Common Name June Grass, Prairie Junegrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy places, chalk and limestone pastures[17].
Range Northern temperate zone, including Britain, between latitudes 37° and 60° N.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Koeleria_macrantha June Grass, Prairie Junegrass


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Koeleria_macrantha June Grass, Prairie Junegrass

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Koeleria_macrantha is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is 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 soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

K. cristata. K. gracilis. K. pyramidata. Aira cristata.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked. It is ground into a powder and eaten like porridge or used as a flour for making bread etc[105, 161, 177, 257].

Medicinal Uses

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The plant has been used in the treatment of cuts[257].

Other Uses

The leaf blades of the plant have been tied together and used as paintbrushes and brooms[257]. Bunches of the leaf blades, about 30cm long, have been tied with string or yucca fibre, and used as a scourer for cleaning pans etc[257]. The straw has been mixed with adobe to give strength and adhesion when building walls[257].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[1, 200]. Prefers a chalky soil[1]. Grows best in a soil that is not too fertile[200]. This is an aggregate species[50]. K. cristata is now divided into K. macrantha (which is also the name of the aggregate) and K. pyramidata (Lam.)Beauv. K. macrantha is native to Britain, K. pyramidata, which is found wild in meadows and wood margins, is native to much of mainland Europe[50].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ and only just cover the seed[162]. Germination should take place within three weeks. Division in spring[162].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Stefan Luketa   Mon Dec 1 2008

BioNet škola On this website there is a complete description of this taxon.

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