Molineria capitulata - Palm Grass (Curculigo capitulata)

Ornamental palm-like herbaceous plant from SE Asia to Australia. Palm-grass grows in bright shade and creeps as a tall ground cover, with very showy ribbed leaves, resembling the juvenile foliage of so many palms, like Syagrus romanzoffiana.

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Ornamental palm-like herbaceous plant from SE Asia to Australia. Palm-grass grows in bright shade and creeps as a tall ground cover, with very showy ribbed leaves, resembling the juvenile foliage of so many palms, like Syagrus romanzoffiana. But this is not a palm at all and it stays small forever and blooms at ground level with nice bright-yellow flowers (often unnoticed when the foliage is very dense).This species becomes a true beauty when grown in the right conditions. Molineria capitulata was formerly called Curculigo capitulata and it is an old classic of tropical gardening. It brings a wild accent to any garden, giving a lush understorey . Molineria takes some cold and grows well outdoors in the warmer coasts of the Mediterranean, where it does better in a somehow sheltered patio. It does well in pots as long as it is regularly fed to avoid yellowing or brown tips.


By Photo by David J. Stang - source: David Stang. First published at ZipcodeZoo.com, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61232893

By Photo by David J. Stang - source: David Stang. First published at ZipcodeZoo.com, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61233636
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Plant origin Asia
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 40cm-70cm
Light Medium
Minimum winter temperature 0 ºC to 10 ºC
Flowering Season Warmer Months
Plant type Herbaceous
Color Yellow
Color Green
Care Pot
Shape Perennials