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Leymus triticoides - (Buckley)Pilg.

Common Name Squaw Grass, Beardless wildrye
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry to moist river flats, saline meadows and sand dunes[60].
Range Western N. America - Washington to California and east to Montana.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Leymus triticoides Squaw Grass, Beardless wildrye


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Leymus triticoides Squaw Grass, Beardless wildrye
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leymus triticoides is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower from May to July, 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 and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked[22, 46, 61, 95, 161]. Used as a piñole[213]. The seed can be ground into a flour and used to make bread, cakes, porridge or as a cereal[183, 257]. The seed is rather small and fiddly to harvest. The hairs on the seed must be removed before consumption. The N. American Indians would singe the seed in order to remove these hairs[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Basketry.

The leaves are used in basket making and for making mats, rope, paper etc[99, 257].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The plant has extensively creeping rhizomes and often forms large clumps in the wild[236]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[1, 162].

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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

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Leymus arenariusLyme Grass, Sand ryegrass20
Leymus condensatusGiant Wild Rye21
Leymus racemosusVolga Wild Rye, Mammoth wildrye30

 

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