Miscanthus sinensis Kleine Silberspinne (Chinese Silver Grass)
A beautiful compact variety of Miscanthus well suited to both large and small gardens. The eyecatching silvery mounds of foliage have a conspicuous central white stripe along the centre. Late in the season masses of feathery flower plumes emerge from the foliage, reddish brown and silky at first before fading to silver. A beautiful and shapely grass that brings impact and drama to the garden late in the season without taking up too much space.
Grows well in full sun, any well drained soil.
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Miscanthus sinensis Kleine Silberspinne 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 Kleine Silberspinne
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 120cm x 50cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.