Botanical Name: Beckmannia eruciformis
Species: B. eruciformis
Common Names: European slough-grass, Slough grass
Habitat:Beckmannia eruciformis ios native to Southern and Eastern Europe to central Asia. It grows on the wet meadows, swamps, marshes and shallow water.
Beckmannia eruciformis is a perennial grass with erect culms 50 – 150cm tall growing from elongated rhizomes. The culms are swollen at the base, forming an ovoid corm. Plants grow taller when in shallow water…..CLICK & SEE THE PICTURES
Beckmannia eruciformis is a plant of the temperate zone, growing in continental, semi-arid and oceanic climates; it can be found at elevations up to 2,000 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 11 – 20°c, but can tolerate 7 – 34°c. When dormant, the plant can survive temperatures down to about -30°c, but young growth can be severely damaged at 0°c. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 500 – 1,300mm, but tolerates 350 – 1,500mm.
Grows best in a sunny position, tolerating light shade. Prefers a moist to wet soil, succeeding in shallow water. Dislikes heavy clay soils. Tolerates moderately saline soils. Prefers a pH in the range 5.8 – 7.2, tolerating 5.5 – 7.5
Seed – surface sow in spring in pots in a cold frame. Do not let the soil dry out. Very quick germination. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
If there is sufficient seed, it can be sown in situ in the spring.
Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well.
Seed – cooked. A mild flavour, it can be ground into a flour and used as a cereal. The seed is very small but is easily harvested. It does then have to be separated from its husk, which is a very fiddly operation. Some native N. American tribes burn the husks of grass seeds to make the seed easier to eat.