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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 '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 '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 oligostachyus 'Afrika'

Miscanthus oligostachyus 'Afrika'£9.50

A small grower compared to most Miscanthus. Tight clumps of upright stems clad with olive leaves and topped with coppery red flowers to 1.5m. Outstanding red autumn foliage.


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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 '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 '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'£8.00

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 '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 'Kleine Silberspinne'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'£8.00

An excellent narrow leafed variety which will produce a tight clump of upright stems topped with golden pink flowers in late summer and autumn. Good winter effect. 1.4m. Average soil in full sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Krater'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Krater'£6.00

Dwarfish form to about 1.2m. Reddish plumes fade to silvery grey for winter. A good variety for drier soils as it has narrower leaves.


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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 '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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Miscanthus sinensis 'Nippon'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Nippon'£6.00

Narrow leaves on this excellent shorter form to 1.5m. Salmon pink flowers turn to a golden brown and stand through the winter. Good soil in full sun for the best effect.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Nishidake'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Nishidake'£8.50

A big variety new to us. Broad, tropical looking foliage and chunky heads of silky flowers that start metallic red before turning shining silver.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Poseidon'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Poseidon'£8.00

Very broad leaves and chunky pink flowers. Best for autumn colour. 2m. Decent soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Professor Richard Hansen'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Professor Richard Hansen'£8.50


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Spatgrun'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Spatgrun'£7.50

A rare, older form from Germany. Reddish gold flowers to 1.5m in autumn turn to silvery grey for the winter. Green leaves often retained through the winter too. Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'£8.00

Wide green foliage with horizontal yellow bands. To 1.8m.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Tiger Cub'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Tiger Cub'£6.50

A lovely dwarf form with the yellow bands of 'Zebrinus' (zebra grass) on a narrow leafed upright plant. Good heads of pinkish gold flowers in autumn to 1.4m. Good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'£6.00

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.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'£6.50

Bright creamy white striped foliage on this old variety, introduced from Japan in the second half of the 19th century. In a warm season silver-pink flowers are produced on stems to 1.8m, September-October. Good soil in sun.


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