Oryzopsis miliacea

Oryzopsis miliacea

Smilo grass

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

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

  • Botanical name: Oryzopsis miliacea
  • Common name: Smilo grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Green

Foliage colour:

Green

Oryzopsis miliacea is a particularly attractive ornamental grass, forming a compact mound of grass-like stems, from which gorgeous, airy flower panicles appear from spring right through to winter. It’s ideal for growing in a mixed ornamental border or gravel garden, where its airy flowerheads can be fully appreciated.

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Grow Oryzopsis miliacea in a sheltered, sunny site, ideally with protection from wind. Cut back flowers in late winter to make way for new growth.

How to grow Oryzopsis miliacea

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

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 not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not 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 not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower 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

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Oryzopsis miliacea and wildlife

Oryzopsis miliacea has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Oryzopsis miliacea poisonous?

Oryzopsis miliacea has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Oryzopsis miliacea

Verbena bonariensis
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Argentinian vervain