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Common Name: Giant Wild Rye
Leymus condensatus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Western N. America - Alberta to British Columbia, south to Nebraska, Arizona and California.
Dunes by the coast, dry plains and slopes[
]. Also found in damp alkaline soils near streams[
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a sandy soil and a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought resistant[
]. Plants are tolerant of saline and alkaline soils[
A very variable species[
], it is possibly suitable for cultivation as a perennial cereal[
Seed - cooked[
]. It can be ground into a flour and used to make bread[
]. The seed is rather small and rather difficult to extract[
A decoction or infusion of the leaves has been used as a wash for sore eyes[
The dried leaves have been used to scrape pimples from the underside of the eyelid[
The leaves are used for making mats, rope, paper etc.
The stems are used for thatching roofs etc[
The roots can be tied together and used as a hair comb[
Seed - sow mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.
If the supply of seed is limited, it can also be sown in mid spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in summer[
Division in spring or summer[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.