Silver grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Silver grass - Miscanthus sinensis  'Morning Light'

Common Name: Silver grass
Genus: Miscanthus
Species: sinensis
Cultivar: 'Morning Light'

The Latin name Miscanthus comes from the Greek for "stalk" or "flower" while sinensis means "from China", indicating the original origin of this plant.

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, CreamFlowering Period: October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A species of hardy perennial grasses originating in China. Their clump-forming habit with no invasive spreading rhizomes is easily contained within gardens of all sizes. A number of excellent breeding programmes in Europe and the USA over the past 25 years have developed varieties better-able to offer reliable flowering displays in cooler European summers. Miscanthus 'Morning Light' is a selected sport from Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' and is a particularly elegant and versatile form. Slender emerald green blades have narrow cream margins arching gently at their tips to create a 'fountain' effect. In warm summers reddish brown flowers open in October and endure through the winter.

Garden care: Leave top growth standing through winter. Cut back to ground level late February as new shoots appear within the crown.


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