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Wood Millet (Milium effusum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wood Millet
Milium effusum

Leaves (straw) are used for weaving hats etc[74].

Plants have a running root system and can be used for ground cover. They should be mown 2 – 3 times in their first 2 – 3 years in order to encourage thick growth[200]. Plants should be spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – cooked. Ground into a powder and used as a flour for making bread[74, 105, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in situ[162]. Division in spring. Very easy, large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Requires a fertile moist but well-drained soil[200] in a shady position[162]. Succeeds in dry shade, tolerating drought when established[190]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. Plants are tufted with a short rootstock and are short-lived[187]. They often self-sow[200]. At least one named form has been selected for its ornamental value[187].
Europe, including Britain but excluding the Mediterranean, east to Siberia and the Himalayas..

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