Miscanthus Sinensis Gracillimus Grasses
Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus (Chinese Silver Grass)
A graceful clump forming deciduous grass with finer, more slender foliage with a white stripe along the centre. This variety is more compact than other Miscanthus varieties. In late Summer the coppery brown flower spikes emerge, as they mature the colour changes to silvery shade and the flowers take the form of attractive tassels. The foliage turns to shades of coppery red late in the season, then yellow after the first Autumn frosts and eventually to brown over the winter. This is an excellent plant for late season interest in the garden, and small enough for a large container.
Best in full sun, Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus is suited to any soil that has good drainage.
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Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus 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 sinensis Gracillimus
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 130cm x 120cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.