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Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Grey/Silver, Pink and Red in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

eulalia 'Ferner Osten'

Family

Poaceae


Miscanthus can be deciduous or evergreen grasses with tufted or spreading habit, erect stems bearing arching, linear leaves and terminal panicles of silky spikelets in late summer or autumn

'Ferner Osten' is a clump-forming deciduous grass to 1.5m tall, with narrow, arching leaves which turn dull orange in autumn and early winter, and feathery flower panicles which open deep red, ageing to pink and silver

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring. Can be slow to establish

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free