Herb: Shortawn Foxtail
Latin name: Alopecurus aequalis
Synonyms: Alopecurus fulvus
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Medicinal use of Shortawn Foxtail:The whole plant is antiphlogistic, depurative and diuretic. It is used in the treatment of oedema, chickenpox and snakebites.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Wet meadows and the edges of ponds and ditches.
Edible parts of Shortawn Foxtail:Seed - cooked. It can be used whole like millet, but is more usually ground into a flour and used with other cereals in making bread etc. The seed is small and fiddly, it is very much a famine food.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ in April and only just covering it.
Cultivation of Shortawn Foxtail:Wet meadows and the edges of ponds and ditches.
Known hazards of Alopecurus aequalis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.