Herb: Crab Grass
Latin name: Digitaria sanguinalis
Synonyms: Panicum sanguinale
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Medicinal use of Crab Grass:A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea. A folk remedy for cataracts and debility, it is also said to be emetic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Arable ground and waste places in Britain.
Edible parts of Crab Grass:Seed - ground up and used as a flour. It has excellent keeping qualities and makes a fine white flour that can be used for semolina.
Other uses of the herb:A fibre obtained from the plant is used in making paper.
Propagation of Crab Grass:Seed - best sown in situ in the spring. Only just cover the seed.
Cultivation of the herb:Arable ground and waste places in Britain.
Known hazards of Digitaria sanguinalis:There is a report that the leaves might be cyanogenic.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.