Melica altissima 'Alba'

Melica altissima ‘Alba’

Siberian melic

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Melica altissima 'Alba'
  • Common name: Siberian melic
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Melica altissima ‘Alba’ is a graceful ornamental grass that really comes into its own when in flower, in spring and early summer. The flowers look like grains of rice and bring a lovely airiness to borders. It’s especially useful for brightening up shady spots.

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This is a low-maintenance grass, simply needing cutting back in late winter or early spring before the new foliage emerges. To propagate it, clumps can be divided in early spring to produce new plants.

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For best results, grow Melica altissima ‘Alba’ in full sun or partial shade in a rich, well-drained soil.

How to grow Melica 'Alba'

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Melica 'Alba' and wildlife

Melica 'Alba' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Melica 'Alba' poisonous?

Melica 'Alba' causes an upset stomach. Its seeds and foliage are toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to Livestock

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to People

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