Miscanthus Sinensis Red Chief Grasses
Miscanthus sinensis Red Chief (Chinese Silver Grass)
A bold yet non invasive clump forming grass, the narrow green foliage arches at the leaf tips to produce a neat and tidy fountain-like effect right through the season. By autumn the leaves turn to an attractive yellow shade often with Autumnal red shades at the tips before finally turning light brown over the Winter after the first frosts. Late in the season bold silky brown-red flower spikes appear above the clumps bringing welcome height and drama, they are then retained during the winter to give extra interest.
This is a great plant to keep the show going right into Winter in a mixed border, they combine especially well with other late season plants such as Echinacea or Sedum, they also look great in bold clumps where there architectural shape will soften the hard lines of buildings and other structures.
Grow Miscanthus sinensis Red Chief in a sunny spot, any well drained soil is suitable.
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Miscanthus sinensis Red Chief 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 Red Chief
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 100cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.