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Phleum pratense - L.

Common Name Timothy
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Two allergens producing strong skin reactions and a haemaglutinating action have been isolated from timothy pollen. The pollen contains several flavonol-glycosides, among them dactylin (isorhamnetin-31,4-diglucoside)[269].
Habitats Common in meadows throughout Britain, though rare in the north[17].
Range Britain.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Phleum pratense Timothy


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Phleum pratense Timothy
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phleum pratense is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in 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. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Cancer

Stored sterile timothy extracts arrested the growth of Sarcoma 45 and other tumour types[269].

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Other Uses

Biomass  Hair

The stems have been used to make hair brushes[257]. The plant can yield up to 15 tonnes of plant material per hectare and is a potential source of biomass[269].

Cultivation details

Fodder: Pasture  Management: Hay  Management: Standard  Staple Crop: Balanced carb

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in a sunny position in any ordinary soil[200]. The plant is not drought tolerant[269]. Timothy grass is reported to tolerate an annual precipitation in the range of 35 to 176cm, an annual temperature range of 4.4 to 18.6°C, and a pH of 4.5 to 7.8[269]. The plant is best adapted to a cool, humid, temperate climate, growing best on rather heavy, deep and moist or even wet soils[269]. Yields are lower on light dry soils and sands[269]. The optimum temperature for growth is 18.3° - 21.6°C varying with day/night temperatures of 15°/10°C and 21°/15°C[269]. Timothy grass is a very variable species that is commonly grown as a hay grass. Several named forms have been develped[17, 269]. A short-lived perennial it is a common cause of hayfever[257]. An attractive addition to the wild flower meadow, the inflorescence dries and dyes well so is used in dried flower displays[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. If seed is in short supply, it can be surface sown in a pot in a cold frame. Ensure the pot does not dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant out in the summer. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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