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Common Name: Annual Beardgrass
Polypogon monspeliensis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Southwestern Europe, including Britain, Mediterranean, Ethiopia, Azores, S. Africa..
Damp pastures near the sea in southern England and the Channel Islands[
]. A casual in other parts of the country[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
The compact silky inflorescence is used in fresh and dried flower arrangements[
This is a widely introduced weed that has become naturalized in most warm-temperate regions[
The plant has been used extensively for food[
]. No further details are given, but it is likely to be the seed that was eaten[
An infusion of the plant ashes has been used in the treatment of heart palpitations[
Seed - sow spring in situ and only just cover the seed[