Great Plant Pick: Varigated maiden grass

  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:33pm
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What: Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cabaret,’ or varigated maiden grass, is noted for its wide green leaves with a creamy, irregular midrib which form a substantial, arching clump.

Why: The foliage turns yellowish after frost, but quickly fades to straw-beige by winter. Copper flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in September, gradually turning into silvery white plumes as the seeds mature. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest.

Where: Plant in full sun. It looks great combined with Fothergilla gardenii and other larger growing perennials like Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’ to add a light texture. It can be used in combination with annuals to provide stature and variety of texture. It looks particularly good when planted with large-leaved perennials for contrast.

Size: Up to 7 feet in height and 4 feet in breadth.

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