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Common Name: June Grass
Koeleria macrantha is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Northern temperate zone, including Britain, between latitudes 37° and 60° north.
Sandy places, chalk and limestone pastures[
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a chalky soil[
]. Grows best in a soil that is not too fertile[
This is an aggregate species[
]. K. cristata is now divided into K. macrantha (which is also the name of the aggregate) and K. pyramidata (Lam.)Beauv. K. macrantha is native to Britain, K. pyramidata, which is found wild in meadows and wood margins, is native to much of mainland Europe[
Seed - cooked. It is ground into a powder and eaten like porridge or used as a flour for making bread etc[
The plant has been used in the treatment of cuts[
The leaf blades of the plant have been tied together and used as paintbrushes and brooms[
Bunches of the leaf blades, about 30cm long, have been tied with string or yucca fibre, and used as a scourer for cleaning pans etc[
The straw has been mixed with adobe to give strength and adhesion when building walls[
Seed - sow spring in situ and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination should take place within three weeks.
Division in spring[