Miscanthus sinensis 'Encore'

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Common Name:
Maiden Grass
Plant Type:
Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Sun to Part Sun
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Garden Height:
6-6 1/2 Feet
Garden Spread:
4 Feet
  • Large, feathery plumes appear earlier than other varieties
  • Tall, upright form great for screening
  • Repeat bloomer

'Encore' has been selected for its flowering performance earlier in the season, giving those of us in northern climates with shorter growing seasons more time to enjoy their show. It begins blooming in late summer to early fall and then has a chance to send up a second flush of coppery purple plumes before the frost. The flowers last and turn to a creamy tan color with age, and when left standing it provides winter interest against snowy backdrops. A good choice for a variety of sites and designs--for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the edge of a pond.

Height: 6 - 6 1/2 feet
Spread: 4 feet

Uses: Borders, Cut Flowers, Mass Plantings, Landscapes, Rain Garden, Screening, Specimen
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Blooms: Late Summer - Fall
Growth Habit: Clumping, Upright, Mounding

Homeowner Growing Tips: Miscanthus is easy to grow, adapting to almost any soil--from loose sand to heavy clay--and it does not necessarily require good drainage. Grow in full sun except in warmer regions where some afternoon shade will be best. No fertilizing is necessary. Regular watering during the first growing season will help to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge in spring. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

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