chasmanthium latifolium

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Related to chasmanthium latifolium: Panicum virgatum
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Grass that grows to 4ft. Seeds used to make classic “oatmeal” breakfast porridge. Nourishes and restores the body from illness, nervous conditions, lowers blood sugar because of its fiber content. Strengthens blood vessels, due to silica content, preventing insulin damage. High in soluble fiber, so it lowers cholesterol. Good for reproductive organs. Vitamins A, B complex, C, E, G, K, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, tin, and protease inhibitors. Antidepressant, nervine used for spasms, relaxing nerves, reducing inflammation, antioxidant, diuretic, endocrine glands, estrogen deficiency, strengthens bones and other tissues, stabilizes blood sugar levels, anti-viral, anti-tumor (protease inhibitors), antibacterial, lowers blood pressure, thyroid problems, drug withdrawal and hyperactivity, laxative, diuretic. Oatgrass feeds intestinal flora (probiotics). Good for skin problems. The seeds also contain a cancer fighting compound called, "b-sitosterol," a natural remedy to prevent tumor formation. Roasted oat grass seeds can be used as a coffee substitute with less caffeine. Oatmeal added to baths or made into poultices is a folk remedy for dry, itchy skin and eczema.
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Chasmanthium latifolium (Indian woodoats) is frequently found growing on sandy levees that skirt the river channel.
By the end of July, species in this habitat include Agrimonia rostellata (woodland agrimony), Chasmanthium latifolium (spangle grass), Helianthus divaricatus (woodland sunflower), Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco), Oenothera biennis (evening primrose), Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed), Silene stellata (starry campion), and Verbena urticifolia (white vervain), to name the most conspicuous.