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  • Miscanthus
    • ‘Purpurascens’   CAG02326

      (Flame grass)
      Height90cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Wi
      WaterM - H
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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.

  • Schizachyrium
    • scoparium   CAG01692

      (Little Bluestem)
      Height50cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL - M
      LightSun
      Schizachyrium scoparium
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An exceptional grass from the American tall grass prairies where it is one of the main forage plants.
      The tight clumps of glaucous blue leaves are tolerant of heat and drought and will grow in both acid and alkaline soils, so long as the drainage is good and there is plenty of sun. Additional height is gained from late summer from the non-descript flower stems. Winter dormant, the leaves turn varying shades of orange, red and purple during autumn and hold their shape throughout winter.

      Cut down to ground level in late winter.

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