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Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Grey/Silver and Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

eulalia 'Malepartus'

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

'Malepartus' is a vigorous, free-flowering deciduous grass to 2m tall, with arching leaves with white midribs, and proific, pink-tinged flower heads soon ageing to silver, opening in late summer

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