Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
- within 2 weeks
- 9cm pot
- Standard £4.95
This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: open sunny position
- Soil: moderately-fertile, moist but well-drained
- Rate of growth: average.
- Flowering period: October to November
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Miscanthus is a species of perennial, clump-forming grasses that do not have invasive spreading rhizomes, so are easily contained within gardens of all sizes. Although they are hardy, many of them will not flower in cooler European summers, however this one (a sport of Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus') is a particularly elegant and versatile form. Its slender green blades have narrow cream margins, and they arch gently at their tips to create a fountain-like effect. In warm summers, you will also be rewarded with reddish brown flowers that 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.