Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' Ornamental Grass at Lovegrass Farm in P.E.I.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' in late July
Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' is an antique cultivar and still one of the whitest of the variegated Miscanthus in overall appearance.  It's a slow grower; not as robust as 'Gracillimus' & 'Sarabande', stems are fewer but they are wider.  It is another variegated grass that newcomers to ornamental grasses confuse with ribbon grass, however it is not a spreader and can grow to 7 ft. or 2.1 m. tall and arches into a large fountain shape.  It is good in part shade or full sun if in moist fertile soil but will need water in hot dry conditions.  It seems to do well for us with a bit of a break from the Hot West exposure; a softwood hedge about 25 ft. away and one cedar about 8 ft. away on the South.  We don't water any established plants, but then we haven't had a drought for many years.  It will bloom for us with red-tinted inflorescences.  We have a limited supply for sale.

'Variegatus' in our perennial bed

'Variegatus' blowing in the wind

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