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Common Name: Soft Love Grass
Eragrostis pilosa is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Tropical and warm temperate regions of southeast Asia, Australia, Africa and southern Europe.
Roadsides, waste places and old fields[
]. Open grasslands in China[
Succeeds in any good loam or humus-rich soil in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a light soil[
Plants are harvested (from the wild?[
]) on a regular basis in E. Africa for their edible seed[
Seed - ground into a flour and used as a cereal[
]. It is generally seen as a famine food, but is used regularly in some areas[
]. The seed is very small and fiddly to utilize[
The plant is said to be an effective cure for contusions[
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
The seed can also be sown in situ in mid to late spring, though in a cool summer it may fail to ripen many seeds[