Miscanthus nepalensis

Himalayan fairy grass

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, White


Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


Miscanthus nepalensis

Plant details

Native to the Himalayas and Myanmar, Miscanthus nepalensis forms bold clumps of elegant green foliage. In summer airy plumes of yellowish drooping flowerheads are held high above the foliage, which persist into autumn and develop into architectural seedheads.

It's ideal for growing in sunny borders and gravel gardens. For best results grow Miscanthus nepalensis in a sheltered spot. Protect from frost in winter, or grow in a container which you can move indoors in autumn. Cut clumps back to ground level in spring to make way for new growth.

Family: Poacea

Genus: Miscanthus

Species: nepalensis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink, White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Time to prune: March to April

Time to plant: May to June

Flowering period: June to August

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