Green Bristle Grass (Setaria viridis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Green Bristle Grass
Setaria viridis

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The seed is diuretic, emollient, febrifuge, refrigerant and tonic[218].

    The plant is crushed and mixed with water then used as an external application in the treatment of bruises[240].

  • Edible Use

    Seed[105]. Small[159]. It is used in the same ways as rice or millet, either boiled, roasted or ground into a flour[183].

    The seed (roasted?) is said to be a coffee substitute.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination is usually quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on fast. Plant them out in late spring, after the last expected frosts. Whilst this is fine for small quantities, it would be an extremely labour intensive method if larger amounts were to be grown. The seed can be sown in situ in the middle of spring though it is then later in coming into flower and may not ripen its seed in a cool summer.
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun[200].
Europe to E. Asia – Japan. A casual in Britain[17].

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