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Milium effusum - 'Aureum' (Bowles Golden Grass)

Type Grass, Deciduous, Ground cover
Form Spreading clump, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Golden Flowers (Summer), Golden Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Milium effusum Description

The Golden foliage of milium aureum is best appreciated among other low growing semi shade loving plants. The golden foliage effect is what really sticks out and it contrasts well with darker and red tinted foliage.


Milium effusum - Cultivation Notes

This low growing grass prefers a spot in dappled shade where it prefers a fertile well drained garden soil. Once established this grass will tolerate dry spells and will happily self seed, making it ideal for natural or cottage style gardening beneath taller shrubs and trees.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Milium effusum:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest

Weaknesses of Milium effusum

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Milium effusum:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting
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Common Missspellings: Millium, Milleum, Milium