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Miscanthus sacchariflorus (Maxim.) Hack.

Amur silver grass

M. sacchariflorus is a vigorous, upright deciduous grass to 2.5m or more in height, the long arching leaves 3cm wide, with a prominent white midrib; in autumn, fan-shaped silky flowering panicles appear, lasting into winter

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Poaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Miscanthus can be deciduous or evergreen grasses with tufted or spreading habit, erect stems bearing arching, linear leaves and terminal panicles of silky spikelets in late summer or autumn

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Far East

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How to grow

Cultivation

Tolerant of most conditions but best in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun.

Propagation

Propagate by division as new growth commences in early spring. Division is also a useful means to rejuvenate mature plants that are congested and bare at the centre

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Hedging and screens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Where stems are left for winter interest, they should be cut to the ground by early spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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