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Melica ciliata

Also called Pearl Grass


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Melica ciliata - Silky-spike Melic Grass

More About Melica ciliata

  • Deciduous, furled, folded or flat, medium green blades
  • Foliage takes on shades of tan in the fall
  • Produces satiny spires of pale yellow spikelets
  • Seedheads look like rabbit's feet or fuzzy caterpillars
  • Bloom Time: Late spring
  • Flower Height: 70 cm
  • Foliage Height: 50 cm
  • Grass Type: Cool Season

Interesting Notes:

Cool Season Grasses: These grasses do the majority of their growing in early spring and start again when temperatures start to cool in the fall. During the warmer summer months, they stop growing and some will even go dormant. Cool season grasses flower in the spring or early summer. Most cool season grasses grow best in a consistently moist soil.
 

 

Zone:

5

Height:

50-70 cm

Spread:

30-40 cm

Colour:

Red,Yellow
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Silky-spike Melic Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Flowers can be dried for arrangements. Prune in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth. May be a short-lived self-seeding grass.


Melica ciliata Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium
Slow

Attributes

Deciduous

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Clumping
Mounding

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Foundation planting
Border/edging