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Annual Biennial

Triticum aestivum

bread wheat

A hardy annual utilised for centuries as a cereal crop. Greyish-green leaves are long and narrow. Flowers appear in summer, with seeds ripening in late summer and autumn

Other common names
common bread wheat
spring wheat
see moresummer wheat
Synonyms
Triticum vulgare
Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Green Yellow Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming, Columnar upright
Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in full sun on fertile, moist but well-drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Prairie planting
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to birds

Diseases

May be susceptible to a rust

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