Setaria palmifolia

Setaria palmifolia

Palm grass

  • Botanical name: Setaria palmifolia
  • Common name: Palm grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Semi-evergreen
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Palm grass, Setaria palmifolia, is a lush, tropical species of grass that forms clumps of broad, rich-green leaves.


While it isn’t hardy in the UK, Setaria palmifolia is an easily grown grass that can be planted out in spring after the risk of frost has passed, where it makes a great addition to jungle and tropical borders. It also makes a lovely container plant. While in the tropics it can reach over 2m in height, in the UK it will rarely manage over 1m in height.


For best results, grow Setaria palmifolia in full sun or dappled shade in moist, well-drained soil. Lift plants and move indoors in autumn and grow in a bright, frost-free spot. Setaria palmifolia has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Setaria palmifolia

  • Plant size

    2m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

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Setaria palmifolia and wildlife

Setaria palmifolia has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Setaria palmifolia poisonous?

Setaria palmifolia 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

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Amicia zygomeris

Amicia zygomeris

Yoke-leaved amicia
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Begonia luxurians

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