Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ Family: Poaceae
Common name: golden millet grass; golden wood millet; Bowles’ golden grass
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