Millet – Sorghum spp. Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Millet Botanical Name: Sorghum spp., SOR-gum Decorative Life: Weeks, months to years as dried specimens. Flower Color: Brown Availability: Summer, Year Round Family Roots: Members of the Poaceae or Gramineae (grass family). Native to Africa. Common relatives include bamboo, ryegrass, wheat and rice. Personality: Upright plant with thick stalks and large, grass-like leaves. Seed head at end of stalk, somewhat resembling a bushy, seedy cattail. Plant is an annual grass, classed as a monocotyledon. Storage Specifics: Any temperature as dried. As fresh sorghum this species is chill sensitive and therefore should be stored at about 55F. Tidbits: Three types of sorghum are grown: grain, forage and sweetener, and for manufacture of brushes (broomcorn). Very complex genus as most are considered to be polymorphic (having many forms). Pick before the plant heads are dried but are well-developed. They dry nicely and are a pretty color. Good for adding height to arrangements.