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Grass LikeHerbaceous Perennial

Melica uniflora

wood melick

A delicate looking, creeping perennial grass with bright green deciduous foliage, native to the UK. Branching purple flower stems with brown flowers and yellow stamens appear from June to July

Other common names
wood melic
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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Brown Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Melica are deciduous, clump-forming perennial grasses with soft, linear leaves and arching stems bearing narrow panicles of flattened flowering spikelets in summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Europe, N Africa, SW Asia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Ideal for a partly shaded position such as the edge of a woodland but will tolerate full shade. Avoid waterlogged soil, especially in winter. Thrives in a dryish alkaline soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back previous year's growth in February

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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