Herb: Indian Woodoats

Latin name: Chasmanthium latifolium

Synonyms: Uniola latifolia, Uniola palmeri

Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)

Edible parts of Indian Woodoats:

Seed - cooked. It can be used as a cereal in making bread, biscuits etc, or can be ground into a flour and used as a mush. A food crop of the Cocopa Indians of Mexico.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Moist fertile woodlands.

Propagation of Indian Woodoats:

Seed - sow early spring in situ and only just cover the seed. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist fertile woodlands.

Medicinal use of Indian Woodoats:

None known

Known hazards of Chasmanthium latifolium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.