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Lolium temulentum - L.

Common Name Darnel
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The seed is not poisonous but it is often infected by a fungus which is very toxic. It is probably safer not to eat the seed because of the risk involved[114].
Habitats Cultivated fields and waste ground in Britain[17].
Range Europe - Mediterranean. An introduced casual in Britain.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Lolium temulentum Darnel


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lolium temulentum is a ANNUAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August. 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: 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 - cooked. Used as a piñole or ground into a flour and used to make bread etc[213, 257]. It is very nutritious, like oats, but it is not advisable to eat the seed due to the risk of fungal infection[114]. This fungal infection, called ergot, causes hallucinations in small doses but can cause severe damage to the nervous system in larger quantities.

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Sedative

The seed is anodyne and sedative[4]. It is not actually the seed, but a fungus that is often found on the seed that has the medicinal properties[K].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

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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Jim Eichner   Sun Jul 17 04:45:54 2005

This is the "tares" referred to by Jesus in the parable of the wheat and the tares; from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 13.

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