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Leymus racemosus - (Lam.)Tzvelev.

Common Name Volga Wild Rye, Mammoth wildrye
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sandy soils[50].
Range Europe, in Russia, to central Asia and Tibet.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Leymus racemosus Volga Wild Rye, Mammoth wildrye


Leymus racemosus Volga Wild Rye, Mammoth wildrye

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leymus racemosus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. 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. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

E. giganteus. Vahl. Leymus racemosus. (Lam.)Tzvelev.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil  Seed  Stem
Edible Uses: Oil

Seed - used as a cereal substitute in some parts of Russia, especially in times of drought[183]. The seed is rather small and difficult to extract[K]. Young underground shoots - raw. Sweet and tender[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Oil  Soil stabilization

Plants have an extensive spreading root system and are used to stabilize inland sand dunes, though they do not tolerate salty conditions[61].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[1, 200]. Established plants are drought resistant[183]. Plants can be very invasive, spreading freely by means of the rhizomes. Currently (1990) being evaluated as a perennial grain crop in N. America[183]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200].

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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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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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(Lam.)Tzvelev.

Botanical References

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