Crab Grass (Digitaria sanguinalis)

Panicum sanguinale.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Crab Grass
Digitaria sanguinalis

A fibre obtained from the plant is used in making paper[74].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea[218]. A folk remedy for cataracts and debility, it is also said to be emetic[178, 218].

  • Edible Use

    Seed – ground up and used as a flour[2, 57, 105]. It has excellent keeping qualities[74] and makes a fine white flour that can be used for semolina[74, 115].

  • Cautionary Notes

    There is a report that the leaves might be cyanogenic[218].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in situ in the spring[162]. Only just cover the seed.
Prefers a sandy soil[50]. Requires a warm sheltered position[162]. This species is occasionally cultivated, especially in Poland, for its edible seed.
Cosmopolitan. A rare casual in Britain[17].

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