Bowles Golden Grass, Golden Millet Grass, Golden Wood Millet 'Aureum'

Milium effusum

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Milium (MIL-lee-um) (Info)
Species: effusum (eff-YOO-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureum

Category:

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Clayton, California

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut

Bend, Oregon

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jul 14, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Foliage is chartreuse in spring, growing greener by July. Foliage stays under 12" in height, the flower scapes can add another foot. Looks a little untidy, best in a naturalistic woodland garden.

This is a clump former, not a spreader. May be divided in mid-spring.

A short-lived perennial, it usually persists by self-sowing. Fortunately, the golden color usually comes true in seedlings. It hasn't yet self-sown for us.

Grows well with irrigation under a mature sugar maple, here in Boston Z6a. In my climate, it needs shade and consistent moisture to look its best. Performs best in cool summer climates. In eastern N. America south of Z6b, summers are generally hot enough to induce summer dormancy.

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