Miscanthus Sinensis Yakushima Dwarf Grasses
Miscanthus sinensis Yakushima Dwarf (Chinese Silver Grass)
An interesting and much smaller Miscanthus growing to just 80cm but with the same fine clumps of architectural foliage. Large numbers of attractive silky brown-red flower spikes emerge from the clumps late in the season, fading to silver by winter at which time the foliage has turned to light brown after the frosts – still giving form and height in the garden.
This is a great plant for the smaller garden where some Miscanthus varieties may become too tall, their form looks great all season and they go well in mixed borders or simply with other grasses. This plant is also suitable for larger containers.
Miscanthus sinensis Yakushima Dwarf is best planted in full sun, they thrive in any well drained soil. tough and easy to grow without being invasive.
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Miscanthus sinensis Yakushima Dwarf 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 Yakushima Dwarf
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 80cm x 100cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.