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PlantFiles: Wild Proso Millet
Panicum miliaceum

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Panicum (PAN-ih-kum) (Info)
Species: miliaceum (mil-ee-AY-see-um) (Info)

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nvcflgdnr On Mar 24, 2011, nvcflgdnr from Stuart, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

White proso millet is the favorite food of painted buntings which is a threatened bird species. The birds are colorful with the males coated in green, blue and red while juvenile and females are green. The eastern ones which roam South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida through the summer and can be found in South Florida in the winter. Iím currently trying to grow some proso millet from seed purchased for my feeder. Hopefully will have some success.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 24, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

From Scott Seed: "White Proso Millet is mainly grown in Colorado and Dakotas. It has little importance in the South, and does not produce much seed in this area. Produced primarily on large acreage Midwest acreage for use in bird feed mixtures (Millions of pounds) and for livestock feed. The white and red varieties are leading types planted. "


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

Seaside, California
West Palm Beach, Florida
Sweet Home, Oregon
Austin, Texas

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