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Phaenosperma globosa

waterfall millet

A clump-forming evergreen grass, with arching, lance-shaped, broad green leaves to 50cm long, with silvery white undersides. Fine, loose sprays of pale tan coloured flowers, on spikes to 1.2m high, are produced in late summer, followed by round, bead-like seed pods

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Brown Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen or Semi evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil; thrives in light shade but will tolerate full sun if soil is kept moist during dry spells

Propagation

Propagate by seed, thinly covered and kept cool after germination (10-18°C)

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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