Imperata Cylindrica 'Cogongrass'-EDIBLES-seeds
Ideal sowing temp: 18-24C (Avoid the coldest and hottest temps).
Position: Open & sunny once matured.
Sowing: Sow on top of a porous mix. Cover very lightly with soil. Warm, shaded, or semi-shaded position while sprouting.
Care: Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out
Sprouting: 14-40 days.
Native to Australia, east and southeast Asia, India, Micronesia and eastern and southern Africa. Known to be highly flammable, even when green and will recolonise profusely after a fire due to its subterranean rhizomes.
Also called kunai grass, blady grass, satintail, sword grass, spear grass, cottonwool grass, thatch grass, kura-kura, alang-alang, lalang grass among other names. Perennial growing to 2m, they can also penetrate to 1.2m deep, especially in sandy soil, making them great for stabilising soils that have been majorly disturbed, such as mining sites and areas subject to erosion. Used for roof-thatching in Papua New Guinea. Drought and frost resistant.
While it is used for papermaking, thatching, and weaving into bags & hats, it is also used in traditional Chinese medicine due to its astringent, febrifuge, diuretic, tonic and styptic action properties. According to PFAF, young inflorescences and shoots may also be eaten cooked, and the roots contain starch and sugars and are therefore easy to chew.
The Chakra Garden cannot take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.
Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.
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