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Lolium multiflorum - Lam.

Common Name Italian Ryegrass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Meadows, field margins and roadsides, avoiding acid soils[50].
Range Original habitat is obscure, it is naturalized in Britain.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Lolium multiflorum Italian Ryegrass


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lolium multiflorum is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to September. 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. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

L. italicum. L. perenne multiflorum.

Plant Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Green manure

A good green manure crop, it can be sown in autumn or spring and is often combined with clover[87].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Dislikes shade.

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Plant Propagation

When growing as a green manure crop, the seed can be sown from early spring to early autumn in situ.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lolium perennePerennial Ryegrass, Italian ryegrass, Darnel, Lyme Grass, Terrell Grass, English Ryegrass, Strand WhPerennial1.0 5-7 FLMHNM113
Lolium temulentumDarnelAnnual1.0 4-8  LMHNM110

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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Author

Lam.

Botanical References

1750200

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