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Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'
 Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' 

Family:  Poaceae
Main Season:  Autumn
Flower Colour:  Pink
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Deciduous
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')
RHS Award of Garden Merit:  RHS Award of Garden Merit
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H6 minimum -15°C to -20°C
Pot Size:  1.4L



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A fine older variety from Ernst Pagels.  Upright columns of narrow foliage topped with masses of purplish-pink flowers that fade to bright silver seedheads.  1.8m  Decent soil in sun.

Don't let the fact that it's an older variety put you off!  Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' is a very good, garden worthy ornamental grass that will make a tight clump (maybe 40cm in 5 years) and an upright habit that accentuates the delicate looking, narrow leaves.  A mass of silky, one-sided, flower heads are produced from late summer into autumn, rich purplish-pink to start with before fading to a brilliant fluffy silver seedhead that will last through most of the winter.  Although it looks great in the early stages of flowering in August-October it might actually be at it's best with low sun making the fluffy seeds sparkle with a hint of frost in midwinter.

A great partner to autumn flowering perennials like Asters, Rudbeckia and Helianthus.  If your budget allows try a mass of it in a ribbon through a mixed bed of perennials, or just one eaither side of a path as sentries to walk between.  As 'Undine' gets older (over 5 years) you will find that it starts to loose it's columnar habit and becomes a more rounded hummock - this may be the reminder that it's worth digging and splitting, then replanting every so often.

Bred by Ernst Pagels in Germany, 1987.

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