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Melinis nerviglumis

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melinis (ME-lin-iss) (Info)
Species: nerviglumis (ner-vee-GLOO-miss) (Info)

Synonym:Rhynchelytrum nerviglume

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sltxgardener On Feb 18, 2006, sltxgardener from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

Very easy to divide--just dig up, pull off a small piece and stick it in soil. Stayed attractive all winter in my zone 8b/9a garden. In fact, it even bloomed in January.

Positive talinum On Sep 4, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

TP used as annual.
Fine grass-like foliage about 2' tall, pink plumes in late summer turn to soft beige. Plant in groups of 5 or more around the base of taller, late blooming perennials.
Place where there is plenty of sun and heat and be sure its soil is enriched with compost and well-drained.
Remember, don't collect seed heads until they turn brown. Pink plumes will not germinate.
I love this plant and find it easy to germinate the seeds.
Zone 8-11.

Native to South Africa.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aliso Viejo, California
Palm Springs, California
Richmond, California
Spicewood, Texas
Provo, Utah

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