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Common Name: Sweet Grass
Puccinellia distans is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe, including Britain, to eastern Asia in Siberia, China, Japan and Korea.
Salt marshes, muddy estuaries and occasionally on sandy ground inland[
]. Saline moist grassy places, field banks, river valleys, lowland saline abandoned meadows, 100 - 2000 metres in China[
We have no information for this species, but judging by its native habitats it should be amenable to a range of conditions from sandy well-drained to quite muddy, as long as it is in a reasonably sunny position[
Seed - cooked[
]. No more information is given, but the seed can probably be used as pinole, or can be ground into a powder and used as a thickener in soups or with cereal flours when making bread, cakes etc[
Seed - surface sow in pots in the spring and do not allow to dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in the spring.