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Ornamental Grasses - Miscanthus

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Miscanthus 'Giganteus'

Miscanthus 'Giganteus'

aka Miscanthus floridulus

Common name: Giant Chinese silver grass
Description:
warm season; clump forming; very robust
Foliage - green; wide blades; 280-370 cm (9'-12')
Flowers - Sept through frost; 30 cm (12") above foliage
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; tolerates a wide range of soil types; moderately drought tolerant; holds up to wind and snow; needs a large area to develop fully
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Blutenwunder'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Blutenwunder'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; medium blade width; 150-180 cm (60-72")
Flowers - late August-frost; 175-220 cm (70-88")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; narrow; 120-180 cm (48-72")
Flowers - September- frost; 150-200 cm (60-80")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; narrow blade width; 125-150 cm (50-60")
Flowers - late August-frost; 150-175 cm (60-70")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; medium blade width; 125-150 cm
(50-60") tall
Flowers - late Aug-frost; 150-200 cm (60-80")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green/white; narrow blade width; 75-100 cm (30-40")
Flowers - early Sept-frost; 100-150 cm (40-60")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5

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Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

aka Miscanthus oligostachyus 'Purpurascens'

Description: warm season; clump forming or slow spreading
Foliage - reddish-green; medium blade width;
90-120 cm (36-48")
Flowers - August until frost, 100-150 cm (40-60")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Rotsilber'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Rotsilber'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; wide; 90-120 cm (36-48")
Flowers - late August-frost; 150-180 cm (60-72")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green, medium blade width; 100-125 cm (36-50") tall
Flowers - August until frost; 125-175 cm (50-70")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; wide; 150-200 cm (60-80")
Flowers - August-frost; 200-250 cm (80-100")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder
N/A in 2014

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Stardust'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green/yellow; medium blade width; 90cm (36")
Flowers - mid Sept-frost; 150 cm (60")
Conditions: full sun or bright shade; fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
N/A in 2014

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green/yellow; medium blade width; 175-225 cm (70-90")
Flowers - mid Sept-frost; 200-250 cm (80-100")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder
N/A in 2014

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Titian'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Titian'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; narrow blade; 120-140cm (48-56") tall
Flowers - mid Aug-frost; 140-160cm (56-64") tall
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green/white; medium blade width; 150-200cm (60-80")
Flowers - late Sept-frost; 175-225cm (70-90")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
N/A in 2014

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Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku Jima'

Description: warm season; clump forming
Foliage - green; narrow blade width; 100-125 cm (40-50")
Flowers - late August-frost; 125-150 cm (50-60")
Conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Coldest zone: 5, possibly colder

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From our newsletters:


 

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Mature clumps of Miscanthus grass have a tendency to flop when grown in rich, fertile soil or in shady conditions. For best results grow in lean soil and in full sun.

 

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For long lasting enjoyment, harvest flowers in the early stages before the pollen is released.

 

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When I cut my ornamental grasses off in late winter or spring, they create a
straw-like mess in the lawn. I've found that if I take a large bungie cord, stretch it around the grass about 2 feet up and then cut the grass, it works very well. It keeps the mess to a minimum and I can carry it away in one bunch. I have 50 grasses in my yard, so I need to make the chore as easy as I possibly can.

Julie Thompson in North-east Iowa