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  • Miscanthus
    • x giganteus   CAG01211
      Height2.5m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A Winter dormant, clumping, perennial grass and perhaps the most dynamic and useful plant you can have in your garden. Emerging in August the cane like stems, bearing 2cm wide, gracefully arching, grassy leaves, reach by late January 2m or more, to then be topped by feathery plumes on 60cm long stalks.

      One of my favourite plants. In spring each year I am amazed at how each day the lush growth gains height, in summer I love it's towering presence and the rustle of the leaves in the wind, in autumn for it's change of coat as a backdrop for just about everything and in winter for it's unadorned verticality and lack thereof when I finally reduce it to nothing.

      Cut down in late autumn or leave the naked, straw coloured, stems for winter interest, to be cut down as the new growth emerges.

      Unlike most Miscanthus, in our climate M. x giganteus does go completely winter dormant.

      The cut stems are an excellent long lasting mulch and make great light duty garden stakes, as we use in the nursery.
      In other parts of the world it is used for many purposes, from making biodegradable pots to fuelling power plants.

    • ‘Purpurascens’   CAG02326
      Height90cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Wi
      WaterM - H
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A small variety grown mainly for its autumn colour, the best that I have seen in this genus, forming stiff clumps of upright stems with relatively short, slightly arched, 5mm wide leaves. Plume-like flowerheads, shorter and whiter than M. sinensis, are held a little above in late summer but don't stand out until the foliage takes on autumnal flame tones. When it's good it's very good and its smaller stature can work where others would not.
      Properly winter dormant, cut to ground when desired before new growth emerges.

      Easily grown in any moist sunny soil. I've not found it heat sensitive at all, like some suggest, the tender spring growth is soon replaced by more durable foliage with the onset of summer and it then seems immune but I would no more recommend it for somewhere dry and windswept than I would any other member of the genus, a little localized humidity is their friend.

      Either a form or hybrid of M. oligostachyus.

    • sinensis ‘Hiawatha’   CAG02194
      Height1.6m
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A choice form selected at Lambley Nursery that is less imposing than many cultivars, with fine gracefully arching foliage of around waste height, ideal for visually wading through, and with the typical fawn plumes reaching only around 1.6m.

      Easily grown in any sunny soil with adequate moisture at least until flowering.

      Tends to not go fully deciduous here so crop close to the ground by late winter to allow for renewed spring growth and garden dynamism.
      For permanent plantings that improve with age.

    • sinensis ‘Zebrinus’   CAG00485
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterM - H
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A large winter dormant grass. The dark green leaves are unusually marked with broad horizontal cream-gold bands. In autumn the highly ornamental seed heads are produced which upon drying curl into a loose spiral. Keenly sought after. Cut back in winter. Will not seed or run.

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