Silvergrass - Miscanthus

Where does the Miscanthus come from?
Miscanthus is also known as Silvergrass and originally comes from East Asian moderate climate regions. New varieties of Miscanthus are still commonly being discovered in Chinese forests. Miscanthus is a collective name for ornamental grasses with a vase shape and narrow leaves and cane-like stems.
How do I care for my Miscanthus?
This grass has been popular in Europe for many years, thanks to its rapid growth and many variations. It is best to plant it around the summer period. Transplanting can be done late in the spring. If a Miscanthus grows too large you can divide it in halves by dividing the root ball. Do not forget to give the two plants extra water when repotting them. Dividing and repotting is best done in April/May. In the winter, its leaves will slowly die off, but the plant will regenerate without problems in the spring.

When does a Miscanthus flower?
The Miscanthus flowers in August and September flowers by producing beautiful ascending plumed flowers. These start of as red-brown in colour and change to silver-grey in the autumn. 

What is the best location for Miscanthus?
The Miscanthus grows best in sun to semi-shade. It thrives in humus-rich, well-drained soil, but generally has few specific requirements. A windy location is not a problem. Try to avoid having the soil too wet during cold periods as this will cause root-rot.
How can I best prune my Miscanthus?
The best time to prune your Miscanthus is in late spring, when you cut it back to 10-20 cm above the ground. It is best to remove the flower plumes and old shoots then also. This gives the new shoots plenty of new growth opportunity! Pruning ensures that the Miscanthus will grow faster and rejuvenate.Can Silvergrass be used as a cut flower?
Some of the Miscanthus grasses can be used as a cut flower. Both its plumes and its stems can be used as additions to floral arrangements.
Can this ornamental grass be grown on balconies?
Miscanthus can be grown in large planters and pots as long as you ensure that it gets plenty of water and does not get affected by heat or harsh sun. A well maintained variety of this Miscanthus will make a great balcony plant!
  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil type:
    Well draining, humus rich soil

  • Moisture levels:
    Slightly damp

  • Location:
    Full sun/semi-shade

  • Height:
    To 2 metres

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Deciduous

  • Pruning:
    Prune back in March/April, down to 10-20 cm above the ground

  • Fertilizing:
    Organic fertilizer in the spring

  • Flower:
    Ornate plumed flowers that change colour from red-brown to silver-grey

  • Flowering period:
    August – September

  • Trivia:
    Did you know that all Miscanthus-varieties come from East Asia?

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