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Ja­panese sil­ver grass

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis

This is one of the finest or­na­men­tal grasses, form­ing a clump of at­trac­tive, arch­ing, mid-green fo­liage.

In late sum­mer, but more of­ten early-to-late au­tumn, the flower heads are el­e­gant plumes of white, sil­ver or buff, some­times pink-tinged, stand­ing well above the fo­liage.

Mis­cant­hus likes a moist, but freedrain­ing soil. Most va­ri­eties like full sun. Cut back to about 20cm each spring. Prop­a­gate by di­vi­sion in spring or early sum­mer.


The green-leaved va­ri­eties con­trast with brightly-coloured or in­tri­cately-pat­terned flow­ers, such as lilies, or with other white or var­ie­gated Mis­cant­hus.


M sinen­sis Morn­ing Light Its white-edged leaves look fab­u­lous with white flow­ers.

M sinen­sis Ze­bri­nus

The yel­low-banded leaves of Ze­bri­nus (pic­tured be­low) go well with bright yel­low flow­ers like Sol­idago.

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