Posted on April 29, 2014
An original, and still a champion.
An oldie, and still a goodie.
Late in the 19th century, America's avant-garde gardeners and designers embraced "Eulalia grass". Miscanthus sinensis has graced gardens here ever since.
One of the earliest cultivars, dating to at least 1905, was 'Gracillimus'. Stately clumps of slender green leaves with gleaming silver midribs won gardeners' hearts. Flowering occurs later than most varieties, with plumes rising on sturdy scapes well above the four- to six-foot foliage in October.
At the northern edge of its hardiness range, Zone 5, 'Gracillimus' may not flower at all some years. In most areas, the red/bronze inflorescences gradually turn silver, remaining decorative well into winter.
It's undeniably a classic, but it's no relic.
All these years later, it's still to swoon for - still a top seller, still the standard against which new introductions are measured.
The better you know it, the more you'll find to like about this garden stalwart.
Get back to the future with Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' - the easy choice!