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Common Name: Sauwi
Panicum sonorum is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
Southern N. America - Northern Mexico.
We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. It is cultivated on a small scale in south-western N. America for its edible seed, there is at least one named variety[
]. The plant has a long growing season and may not produce a crop on tough soils[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[
]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
Seed - cooked or ground into a powder and used as a flour for making tortillas etc[
]. The seed has a pleasant mild flavour and can be used like millet[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a week. Prick out the seedlings into trays or individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts[