Herb: Cheat Grass
Latin name: Bromus tectorum
Synonyms: Anisantha tectorum
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Medicinal use of Cheat Grass:A paste made from the seeds is applied as a poultice to the chest to relieve chest pains.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Roadsides and waste places, also in thatched roofs in Eastern N. America.
Edible parts of Cheat Grass:Seed - cooked. A famine food, the small seed can be cooked into a gruel in times of food shortage. A coffee is made from the roasted seed.
Other uses of the herb:The leaves have been used as a bedding.
Propagation of Cheat Grass:Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ and only just cover. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
Cultivation of the herb:Roadsides and waste places, also in thatched roofs in Eastern N. America.
Known hazards of Bromus tectorum:The awns of the plant can cause mechanical injury to grazing animals.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.