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botanical name:
Setaria italica
Setaria italica © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Foxtail Millet, Italian Millet
family:  Poaceae
characteristics: grass
height: 1.50m
width: 0.20m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple & green
fruit colour: light brown
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 11
Annual grass with slender erect stems of long narrow leaf blades and dense hairy flower panicles that mature to thick drooping seed-heads.

Any well-drained soil in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Hardy but thrives best in warm climates with long hot summers.

From seed

Seed is edible cooked or ground to make flour. Very commonly cultivated in many parts of the world.

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