American Sloughgrass (Beckmannia syzigachne)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
American Sloughgrass
Beckmannia syzigachne
Gramineae

The plant is used for making bedding and pillows[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked[2, 46, 61, 105, 161]. A mild flavour, it can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal. The seed is very small but is easily harvested[K]. It does then have to be separated from its husk, which is a very fiddly operation. Some N. American Indian tribes burn the husks of grass seeds[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow in spring in pots in a cold frame. Do not let the soil dry out. Very quick germination[K]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. If there is sufficient seed, it can be sown in situ in the spring. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.
Prefers a moist to wet soil, succeeding in shallow water[K]. Tolerates saline soils[74]. Tolerates a pH in the range 5.8 to 7.6. We have no specific information on the hardiness of this species, but we have grown it successfully outdoors in Cornwall and, judging by its range, it should be cold-hardy in most if not all of Britain[K]. Some botanists treat this species as no more than a synonym of B. eruciformis.
Eastern Europe to central Asia and North America.

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