Herbs Guide


Family Name: Poaceae

Botanical Name(s): Agropyron repens

Popular Name(s): Twitchgrass, Quickgrass, Doggrass

Parts Used: The rhizome

Habitat: Couchgrass is native to Europe.

Description: Couchgrass is an invasive weed with creeping rhizomes which enable it to grow rapidly across grassland. Its stems grow up to 120 cm bearing linear leaves which are 15-40 cm long and 1 cm broad at the base. Its flower spikes are 10-20 cm in length and the spikelets are with a length of 2-3 cm and breadth of 5-7 mm.

Uses: Couchgrass is used as a diuretic, demulcent and anti-microbial agent. Its demulcent properties soothe irritation and inflammation. It cures urinary infections such as cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis. Combined with other herbs, Couchgrass is used to treat rheumatism.