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Common Name: Crab Grass
Digitaria sanguinalis is an annual 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.
There is a report that the leaves might be cyanogenic[
Cosmopolitan. A rare casual in Britain[
Arable ground and waste places in Britain[
Prefers a sandy soil[
]. Requires a warm sheltered position[
This species is occasionally cultivated, especially in Poland, for its edible seed.
Seed - ground up and used as a flour[
]. It has excellent keeping qualities[
] and makes a fine white flour that can be used for semolina[
A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea[
]. A folk remedy for cataracts and debility, it is also said to be emetic[
A fibre obtained from the plant is used in making paper[
Seed - best sown in situ in the spring[
]. Only just cover the seed.