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Products > Setaria palmifolia 'Little Geno'
Setaria palmifolia 'Little Geno' - Dwarf Palm Grass

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: India (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Panicum palmifolium]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Setaria palmifolia 'Little Geno' (Dwarf Palm Grass) - A dwarf form of the large form of Palm Grass that has yet to grow over 18 inches tall with an equal spread. Like the species it has broad pleated leaves that resemble a palm leaf and likely will flower spikes that emerge in summer to grow above the foliage, though we have not seen if flower yet. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade where it should prove hardy to the low 20's F without suffering damage - the parent plant sailed through our December 1990 and January 2007 freezes without damage. This species provides a very tropical look that is nice with ponds or other water features and this selections smaller size should make it useful in smaller garden situations. This was a seedling variant that was selected from our crop of the species by our Shipping Manager Gene Leisch who noticed its diminutive stature. Setaria palmifolia is native to China, southern Japan, Taiwan, the Indian Sub-continent and south-eastern Asia The name for the genus is from the Latin word 'seta' meaning "bristle" referring to the bristles on the spikelets and the specific epithet is in reference to the palm-like look of the leaves. It was first described by the Austrian botanist Otto Stapf in 1914. We also grow the full size form Setaria palmifolia. Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Setaria palmifolia 'Little Geno'.