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Common Name: Sweet Reed Grass
Cinna latifolia is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe, N. America - Newfoundland to British Columbia, New Jersey and Washington. Asia.
Woods and mountains in N. Japan[
]. Damp woods in N. America[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
]. No further details are given but the seed is very small and fiddly to utilize[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.