Chinese Silvergrass (Miscanthus Sinensis Early Hybrids) 30 seeds (#1436)
This is truly a bold grass for large spacious gardens. It is a tall, dense, clump-forming grass that originates from eastern Asia. Its long slender arching blades are green with thin white midribs and have surprisingly sharp edges that can easily cut skin.
In the late summer to fall, plants produce tall, upright stems topped with feathery, silver-white to rose-hued plumes that soften and curl as they dry. These remain attractive throughout winter as does the deciduous foliage that turns a warm wheat color when it dies and dries in autumn. Flowers the same year if sown earlier.
Japanese silvergrass prefers full sun and tolerates a wide range of moderately drained soils. Plants form substantial clumps that should be cut to the ground in the spring and divided every three years, if more tame and manageable clumps are desired. Enjoy this grass as a screen, massed in large borders or as a specimen.
Genus - Miscanthus
Species - Sinensis
Variety - Early Hybrids
Common name - Chinese Silvergrass
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 1,50 - 2 m
Spread - 1,20 - 1,50 m
Plant type - Perennial Ornamental Grass
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average water
Landscape uses - Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Bloom season - August - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Rose, Ivory, Silver
Sow indoors for surest results from January to May 5 mm deep, in trays of compost. Water well and enclose in a clear, plastic bag to retain humiditiy. Place on a kitchen windowsill.
A temperature of +15-20C is ideal.
Seedlings usually appear in 28-42 days. If not, place tray in the refrigerator for two weeks, then return to the warmth.
Transplant seedlings individually to 7.5cm pots when large enough to handle. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into moist, fertile soil, May-August, 90cm, apart, when frosts are over.