Hairy melic or silky spike melic. This is a deciduous perennial grass, rhizomatous and clump forming with erect culms (stems above ground) between 50 to100 cm long. Native to Europe and North Africa, it is renowned for its soft, fluffy flowers that are distinct in garden grasslands and herbaceous borders. The numerous 20 cm long creamy white flowers appear 60-80 cm above ground in early summer and remain for 2 to 3 months. They create excellent contrast in mixed borders, the slightest wind providing a wave-like movement of the soft flowers among other plants.
Melica ciliata prefers full sun and a well drained soil, but will grow in most conditions, including some shade. Fresh soft green foliage appears in winter followed by the white flower spikes, the whole planting fading to a typical golden brown colour in late summer.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.