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Family: PoaceaeMain Season: AutumnFlower Colour: PinkLeaf Colour: GreenPosition: SunSoil Type: Ordinary, medium loamHeight: 1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')RHS Award of Garden Merit: RHS Award of Garden MeritPot Size: 1.4L
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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