Miscanthus Sinensis Ferner Osten Grasses
Miscanthus sinensis Ferner Osten (Chinese Silver Grass)
Miscanthus Ferner Osten is a wonderful architectural grass produces arching clumps of tall slender green foliage that turns to bright coppery red in Autumn and finally to brown in Winter. The bold flower spikes erupt from the foliage in late Summer, deep red at first before fading to pink and then silvery in colour.
A beautiful and bold grass that makes a great stand alone specimen in its own right where it could be used as a screen or to soften the lines of hard structures. They also look great mixed into the back of mixed borders to bring late season height and colour.
This is a strong and hardy grass, happy in full sun and in most soils that dont waterlog in winter.
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Miscanthus Ferner Osten is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Miscanthus Ferner Osten
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns to coppery red in Autumn and then brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 150cm x 100cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.