Miscanthus sinensis malepartus
This Miscanthus is distinguished by its purple flower heads in late summer - turning silvery up to Christmas
All the Miscanthus grasses grow tall and narrow (up to 8ft in Britain) and produce fluffy grassy plumes of flower heads in late summer. They remain looking good up until December when it's best to cut them down and let them start again in the spring.
Very decorative and tough. Any reasonably well drained in masses of light (as opposed to shade). Much noise is heard nowadays of Miscanthus being used for fuel as it produces masses of stuff (biomass, it's called) on relatively poor soil. We grow it because it makes a beautiful addition to the the garden.
Propagated by division.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
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