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Miscanthus nepalensis

Himalayan fairy grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Pink, White


Attractive seed-heads, Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Native to the Himalaya and Burma this hardy grass forms bold clumps of elegant green foliage. This is followed in summer by plumes of yellowish drooping flowerheads. These persist into the autumn and make good architectural seed-heads. It isn't completely hardy and will benefit from some protection during winter. Alternatively plant in a large pot and move to a sheltered spot during periods of cold weather. Clumps benefit from being cut back to ground level in early spring to make space for the 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

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