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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 'Korea'

Miscanthus 'Korea'£8.50

A recent form with a low tufted habit with lots of silvery grey flowers, pinkish to start. Very good winter seedheads. 1m. Looks like it will spread a bit. Average soil in sun.


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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 'Purpurascens'

Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'£7.50

Clumps of upright stems with light green foliage turning into a brilliant autumn foliage display from mid-summer until the frosts. Thin, purple-silver flowers from August to 1m. Average to good soil in sun.


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Miscanthus 'Rosi'

Miscanthus 'Rosi'£8.00

An amazing new hybrid Miscanthus with a spreading habit made bearable by the glistening silvery pink drooping flowers in autumn to 1.8m. Probably best in a container.


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Miscanthus nudipes

Miscanthus nudipes£6.50

A new species to us collected in Yunnan, China. Clumps of upright, arching stems with a distinctly greyish appearance. Pinkish summer flowers soon turn a silvery grey by autumn. 1.2m.


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Miscanthus oligostachyus 'Afrika'

Miscanthus oligostachyus 'Afrika'£8.00

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 'Adagio'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'£6.50

A fine foliaged dwarf form to 1.2m Many sandy plumes from late summer. Average soil in sun.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Emmanuel Lepage'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Emmanuel Lepage'£8.50

This French variety has distinctive rich green foliage and red flowers that fade to a soft blonde for the winter. A more open habit than many. Good soil in sun.


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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'£8.50

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 '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 'Kleine Fontane'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane'£8.50

Medium green foliage and large pink/silver flowers to 1.5m. Average to 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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Miscanthus sinensis 'Serim'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Serim'£8.00


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberspinne'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberspinne'£8.50

An excellent, upright columnar form with fine foliage and masses of pinkish flowers that fade to a bright buff. 1.5m. Average to good soil in sun. Cut back in late winter/early spring.


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Super Stripe'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Super Stripe'£8.50

Tight clumps of upright stems clothed with moderately broad light green leaves heavily cross-striped with pale yellow. 1.5m here, no flowers so far. Good soil in sun.


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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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