“Maiden Grass Care: Growing Morning Light”
You may not have heard of it before, but Morning Light is one of the most popular companion plants for succulents. It’s easy to grow and very productive. It grows well in almost any climate, even those with little or no sunlight. You don’t need much water either; just give it enough so that its leaves are dry to touch when you plant them out. They’re pretty fast growers too!
The flowers are small white berries that look like tiny sunflowers. They taste bitter, but they do have medicinal properties. If you eat them raw, they won’t hurt you at all, but if you cook them first (like I usually do), then they’ll make your skin feel great and will help relieve pain from arthritis or other conditions.
And the best part?
You can eat these berries fresh every day without getting sick!
I’ve been growing it for years now, and I’m still amazed by how prolific it is. It’s actually quite hardy and survives harsh winters here in Colorado. It’s also drought tolerant, which makes it perfect for my desert garden. If you live in a place where there isn’t much sunshine, then Morning Light might not be the right choice for you. But if you want something that will thrive wherever you go, then Morning Light is definitely worth trying out!
The flower berry taste bitter and should be cooked before eaten. The seeds are not poisonous, but they taste terrible unless cooked. The shoots are edible, but should only be eaten in emergencies.
Good companion for growing with morning light is growing with morning light is a good companion plant because it can fix nitrogen in the soil.
Invasive potential: invasive.
Morning Light is a really fast growing grass, with purple flowers that closely resemble those of the Kentucky Blue Grass. It’s great as animal fodder and can be harvested several times without restarting the growth process.
If you have a large garden or field that you want to fill up quickly then planting Morning Light is a great way to do it. You will need to thin out the seedlings a bit before they are big enough to fend for themselves though.
This grass is not usually considered edible for humans as the grains are very hard and the plant is so fast growing that it would take too much work to harvest enough grain for it to be worth while. Some wild animals such as deer might find it tasty however.
If you need a great quick growing cover for an area then Morning Light is the perfect choice for you. In just a few months it will completely cover whatever field or bare areas you have and will keep doing so all the way into the fall. It is a great plant for naturalizing an area that you want to look more wild and untamed.
Morning Light can also be grown as biomass crop. It grows very quickly and requires very little fertilizer to maximize growth. It can be harvested several times a year and the dried material can be used for animal feed, fuel or even just to deal with excess plant matter.
Due to its high nitrogen content and quick growth, Morning Light is often the first choice of plants to be turned into bio-fuels. The dried material is very easy to mill and can be turned into a wide variety of products suitable for burning.
The Morning Light is a very common grass that grows almost anywhere in the known world. People often use it as animal fodder but it can also be used as a substitute for flax when making linen.
Always be careful when harvesting Morning Light as it can easily cross-pollinate with other types of grass and weeds in the area, making it even harder to separate.
Sources & references used in this article:
Cold Hardiness and the Effects of a Low-input Regime on 15 Tall, Warm-season, Native and Ornamental Grasses in the Upper Midwestern United States by A Zuk, Q Zhang, T Helms, H Hatterman-Valenti – HortTechnology, 2016 – journals.ashs.org
Ornamental grasses by CR Wilson – Gardening series. Yard; no. 7.232, 1999 – mountainscholar.org
The Tibetan art of parenting: From before conception through early childhood by AM Brown, E Farwell, D Nyerongsha – 2008 – books.google.com