Setaria viridis pycnocoma
Herb latin name: Setaria viridis pycnocoma
Synonyms: Panicum pycnocomum, Setaria pycnocoma
Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)
Edible parts of Setaria viridis pycnocoma:Seed - cooked. It can be eaten as a sweet or savoury food in all the ways that rice is used, or ground into a flour and made into porridge, cakes, puddings etc.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Roadsides, forest margins and as a crop weed, especially in S. italica fields, at elevations below 2700 metres.
Propagation of Setaria viridis pycnocoma: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.
Cultivation of the herb:Roadsides, forest margins and as a crop weed, especially in S. italica fields, at elevations below 2700 metres.
Medicinal use of Setaria viridis pycnocoma:None known
Known hazards of Setaria viridis pycnocoma:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.