The Garden Plant
Miscanthus sinensis

My Favorite Plant in the Landscape- Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis also is known in America as Maiden Grass and in Japan as Susuki (すすき), is an ornamental plant and revered as iconic in the plant world.

I personally love the Miscanthus for its movement from the wind in the landscape, and it’s stability in the garden. I know if I place Maiden Grass in the landscape, I’ll never have to one day replace it because it died.

Miscanthus is a perennial plant stay comes back year after year — the Miscanthus blooms in late summer and the fall. There are the different genus of this grass some colorful blooms, and some look like a wheat field.

Miscanthus Grass Growing

Maiden grass has been used for paper products, roofs, and many an art project also recently as fuel. The sterile hybrid known as Miscanthus x giganteus can reach about 12 feet tall; it focuses all of its energy on growing, because of this sterility.

Because it generates so much nitrogen the miscanthus stores energy in its rhizomes. There is no need to apply fertilizer. The plants also sequester more carbon than traditional row crops.

In the future, there will be new uses for this grass, and people will be farming this grass for green fuels.

Miscanthus- Zebra Grass
Zebra Grass

Zebra Grass

Using the Miscanthus in your garden-especially if you buy a large 16qt container of the grass, this grass can be divided into half a third or a quarter. Zebra grass grows in zones 4-9 and blooms in the late summer early fall seasons. The plant should not be planted where water pools. and usually grows three to four feet high. Known for its showy blades the Zebra grass looks great as specimens in flower garden settings.

The grass will get large – so keep this in mind. The is a genus of the Miscanthus called Zebra Grass, this variety of grass has Silvery-white plumes that rise above the foliage in late summer and last all winter

Miscanthus sinensis Care

I’ve planted this grass in my family home garden, and it still looks great after four years. Like regular Miscanthus sinensis these plants thrive in full sun and should be placed in areas where water stands or puddles.

This grass should be cut back to a stump in the late fall, early winter, especially in northern climes. In Tropical areas of South Florida or Hawaii, Miscanthus can go two years sometimes before they are cut back. The Miscanthus is drought tolerant and looks great in perennial flower beds as a background for shorter flowers. Miscanthus also look great in planting containers on decks and around swimming pools.

 

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Brent Richard Dixon

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