Milium effusum 'Aureum'

Milium effusum ‘Aureum’    Family: Poaceae
(MILL-ee-um eff-YEW-sum)

Common name: golden millet grass; golden wood millet; Bowles’ golden grass
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 18-24 in (45-60cm) Spread: 12 in (30cm)
Aspect: partial shade
Soil: fertile; well-draining
Water: regular

Description: A semi-evergreen perennial with a tuft-forming habit. Newly emerging, flat leaves are the brightest yellow of all the grasses in early spring, turning to a soft gold-colour as the season advances. Open tiered panicles of greenish-yellow flower inflorescences appear in late spring and early summer.


Special Notes: Native to Europe, Asia and Japan. Possibly a short-lived perennial, if growing conditions are compromised. Leaves will be more of a lime green colour if grown in deeper shade. Leaves tolerate full sun well without scorching in cooler climates. Good gold colour retention in self-sown seedlings. Propagate by seed; division in spring or autumn.


RHS Award of Garden Merit 1998


Posted January 19, 2013