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The cut flower business ended in 2011 but I continue to post other items about gardening.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Setaria italica (Limelight Spray Millet)

There are several ornamental millets grown as cut flowers but this is the only one I know of with green flowers. The panticles emerge from the top of the stalk and gradually bend over as they lengthen. After it bending over they expand and opens out a bit like a fluffy squirrel’s tail. They are pretty at all stages but I find them easier to integrate into bouquets before they start to curve over too much. The flower plume provide interesting contrast with its bright lime green color, unusual shape and fuzzy texture.

Green spray millet with purple Lisianthus 'Twinkle Deep Blue', white Lavatera 'Mont Blanc', and Ammi majus 'Green Mist'.

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