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Common Name: PETS - CAT GRASS
Scientific Name: Elytrigia repens

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Elytrigia repens


  • Perennial
  • Cat Grass or Couch Grass is native to North America, tropical Africa and Australia.
  • Cat Grass is a perennial, creeping or erect mat-forming grass with smooth, hollow stems that produces green flowers in summer.
  • It will grow on a wide range of soils - from sandy to heavy clay soils.
  • To enhance new growth it can regularly be pruned to the ground - will do well in pots.

Parts Used

  • The whole plant - foliage and roots.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Cat grass or Couch grass has been used in herbal medicine since the Classical Greek period.
  • Medicine for domestic cats and dogs - they will dig up and eat the roots.
  • The roots are aperient, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, tonic and a worm expellant.
  • Spring tonic and blood purifier.
  • The foliage is an important forage grass for many grazing animals.
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