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Variegated Miscanthus Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

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miss-KANTH-us sih-NEN-sis vay-ree-eh-GAY-tuss
Description

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' is a large ornamental grass with longitudinally white and green striped foliage that inclines to sag with adverse weather conditions which may cause this plant to require staking. In warmer climates this plant tends to become invasive; however, mulch will assist in preventing re-seeding.  This plant is resistant to browsing by deer.

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#showy flowers#invasive#resistant#weedy#variegated leaves#winter interest#ornamental grass#dried flowers#cpp#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Miscanthus
    Species:
    sinensis
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Tiny reddish flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences which rise above the foliage clump in September, gradually turning into silvery plumes in fall as the seeds mature. Plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaf blades variegated with green and white stripes, with white being the predominant color from a distance. Foliage fades to tan after frost.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Pollution
    Problems:
    Weedy