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Miscanthus

Spectacular, clump forming autumn flowering grasses with good winter presence. Many look good from August to March when they need cutting hard back, to near ground level. No staking required especially in exposed gardens.

We are currently in the process of collecting Miscanthus, with the hope of applying for National Plant Collection ® status in the future.  We already have c. 100 varieties and are working on obtaining more - there are at least 250 named forms now!  We are also researching all the varieties, specifically to try and find out the origin of each form.  Over the next couple of years we hope to start planting the Miscanthus collection out in a new area of field adjacent to the nursery which will enable all our varieties to be seen together.

Miscanthus come in many different shapes and sizes, though the basic form doesn't change much: tight clumps with often woody bases, upright stems clothed with leaves to about 75% of their height, the flowers held above the foliage in late summer and autumn. The height, uprightness and flower details are the main differences between varieties but there are a large number of leaf variations too, both variegated leaves and width of leaf.  There are a very small number of forms that are not clump forming. Generally speaking Miscanthus are very long lived, trouble free garden grasses.

We recommend allowing Miscanthus at least 2-3 growing seasons in the garden before deciding if they are going to be okay as they do take some time to establish a root system and to start growing to their full potential.  On poorer, drier soils consider the forms with more narrow leaves as these tend to be more drought tolerant.

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Miscanthus 'Dronning Ingrid'

Miscanthus 'Dronning Ingrid'£7.50

Clumps of upright stems clothed with light green leaves that take on reddish purple tints from early summer and by autumn are largely red and purple - excellent. Thin flowers in autumn. 1m.


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Miscanthus 'Flammenmeer'

Miscanthus 'Flammenmeer'£8.50

One of the best for autumn foliage colour, this makes neat clumps of leafy stems to 1.2m. Light green in summer, turning into a bonfire of autumn colour from July until the frosts. Thin reddish flowers. Good soil in full sun.


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Miscanthus 'Gilt Edge'

Miscanthus 'Gilt Edge'£8.00

Bright golden yellow variegated foliage on this Miscanthus, arching leaves on bristly stems to 1.5m. Not flowered for us so far. This is one of the few Miscanthus that are not clump forming, it will spread to make a patch.


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Miscanthus 'Memory'

Miscanthus 'Memory'£8.00

A hybrid between M. sinensis and M. sacchariflorus named for Ernst Pagels. Broad, greyish-green, leaves and elegant flowers to 2m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus 'Taiwan'

Miscanthus 'Taiwan'£6.50

A new and very unusual Miscanthus - totally evergreen for us! Early flowers of golden buff on dense bushy plants to 1m. Looks like M. flavidus. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus nepalensis

Miscanthus nepalensis£5.00

A delightful smaller species with fresh green arching foliage and slender silky gold flowers in late summer and autumn. Needs drained soil and a warm sunny position. 1.5m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Abundance'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Abundance'£6.00

A new name for one of the plants known as 'Yakushima Dwarf'. Clumps of fine foliage and pinkish silver flowers to 90cm. Average soil in full sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Aldebaran'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Aldebaran'£6.50

Named by Christian Kreß this selection has silvery pink flowers that arch on the top of upright stems to 1.5m. Not a big grower. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Arabesque'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Arabesque'£8.00

Rarely seen this form has mid green leaves and masses of golden plumes that turn a warm buff for the winter. A more vase shaped clump than most forms. Ordinary to good soil in sun. 1.8m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Dreadlocks'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Dreadlocks'£6.00

A dwarf form with golden flowers to 60cm. The flowers emerge frizzled and as they turn to seed the whole thing looks like dreadlocks! Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Elfin'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Elfin'£6.00

A selected form of 'Yakushima Dwarf' making mounds of fine foliage and pinky flowers in late summer and autumn. Good silvery seedheads overwinter. Average soil in full sun. 1.2m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Etincelles'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Etincelles'£6.50

An elegant French variety with narrow leaves and light yellow "zebra" stripes. Rarely flowers for us but when it does, they are pinkish and quickly fade to golden buff. 1.5m


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten'£6.50

Outstanding older variety sometimes confused with 'China'. This has mid pink flowers that fade to a bright silvery buff to 1.5m. AGM.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo'£6.50

A very popular form with lots of pink flowers which turn silvery buff on a mid-size plant to 1.5m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gearmella'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gearmella'£6.50

An attractive but rarely seen selection to only 1.5m. Upright columns of deep olive green foliage with fluffy, silvery flowers with a red-purple base in autumn. Ordinary soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'£12.50

A very fine foliage form, rarely flowers in the UK but it is very good for the form and effect of the foliage. 1.5m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'£6.50

A mid-sized plant with golden pink flowers which turn a clear silver for late autumn/winter, very pretty. 1.5m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Hermann Müssell'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Hermann Müssell'£6.50

An elegant form from Ernst Pagels with light reddish, golden-brown flowers in August/September which fade to bright silvery buff. 2m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Juli'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Juli'£9.00

A robust, tall variety with broad leaves. Chunky heads of rich pink flowers turn silver as the autumn progresses. Good autumn foliage colour too. 2.4m, good soil in full sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Kaskade'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Kaskade'£6.00

AGM. A very showy selection with drooping heads of deep pinkish red flowers from August fading to silver by October. Average soil in full sun. 1.8m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Kirk Alexander'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Kirk Alexander'£8.50

An American cultivar with zebra-type markings on an upright clump of light green leaves. Not flowered for us here yet, it may need a warm season to do so. 1.5m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Korea'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Korea'£8.00

New to us, I believe from Ernst Pagels breeding work. Upright clumps of mid green foliage, yet to see flowers! Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'£6.00

A dwarf form to 1m. Narrow foliage and pinkish gold flowers. Average soil in ful sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'£7.50

An excellent, popular, early flowering variety with purple-red flowers from August. Flowers fade to silvery grey for winter. Good upright habit to 1.8m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'£6.00

An elegant variegated form with an upright clump forming habit and fine foliage with white margins. Excellent and airy height for mixing into formal borders or naturalistic gardens. Good soil in sun. 1.5m.


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