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Products > Setaria palmifolia
Setaria palmifolia - Palm Grass

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: India (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Panicum palmifolium]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Setaria palmifolia (Palm Grass) - A large coarse evergreen grass to 6 feet tall with an equal spread. It has long broad pleated leaves that superficially resemble palm leaves and long flower spikes that emerge in summer to grow above the foliage - the leaf sheaths, culm joints and floral areas have short bristle-like hairs. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade and is hardy to the low 20's F without suffering damage - this plant sailed through our December 1990 and January 2007 freezes without damage. Palm Grass grows quite large if irrigated regularly and in this situation it is best to remove flower spikes as this grass produces viable seed and is a potential weed problem in cultivated areas. In drier locations it reaches only 2 to 3 feet and does not seem to reseed into these low irrigated areas. This grass provides a very tropical look that is nice with ponds or other water features. It 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.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Setaria palmifolia.