Setaria italica subsp. viridis

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Name and publication

Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv. subsp. viridis (L.) Thell., Mém. Soc. Sci. Nat. Cherbourg 38: 85 (1912).


Fruiting inflorescences of the foxtail millet are sold in the potpourri industry as “broom grass.” The thick, terminal spikes, 2.5-30 cm long x 1-5 cm wide, have long bristles., 1-1.5 cm long.

Nativity and distribution

Setaria italica is native to Eurasia and northern Africa but widely cultivated and naturalized.


Poaceae (alt. Gramineae)