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Melica uniflora f. albida
  • RHS AGM

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

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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 White Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming, 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

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
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Cut back previous year's growth in February

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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