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Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (55071)

Plant details

An elegant reed-like grass, this has narrow stems clad with slender arching cream-striped leaves forming upright clumps. In late summer, the plants are topped by pale feathery plumes of flowers which can be cut and dried for flower arrangements. In autumn, the stems and foliage gradually dry out leaving a russet brown skeletal shape which can form a fairly architectural attraction throughout the winter. This is a good plant for adding foliage detail to a perennial border or among shrubs, provided it is in full sun. It is best of all in a collection of grasses and foliage plants.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Miscanthus

Species: sinensis

Cultivar: Variegatus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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