Giant Wild Rye (Leymus condensatus)

Leymus condensatus.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Giant Wild Rye
Leymus condensatus

The leaves are used for making mats, rope, paper etc.

The stems are used for thatching roofs etc[257].

The roots can be tied together and used as a hair comb[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction or infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash for sore eyes[257].

    The dried leaves have been used to scrape pimples from the underside of the eyelid[257].

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked[22, 46, 105, 161]. It can be ground into a flour and used to make bread[61, 95, 177]. The seed is rather small and rather difficult to extract[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed[162]. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. If the supply of seed is limited, it can also be sown in mid spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in summer[K] Division in spring or summer[162]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[1, 162]. Established plants are drought resistant[61]. Plants are tolerant of saline and alkaline soils[61]. A very variable species[1], it is possibly suitable for cultivation as a perennial cereal[95].
Western N. America – Alberta to British Columbia, south to Nebraska, Arizona and California.

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