Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
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An old variety with arching green foliage banded horizontally in light-yellow but much more flowing and relaxed than strictly upright ‘Strictus’
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well drained or sandy
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A graceful, fountainous grass that takes its name from the horizontal cream bands on the leaves. It is for this wonderful foliage that this striking grass is grown, but it may also produce silky, finger-like flowerspikes in late summer. If these do appear, they are usually retained for several months, so give this plant a dramatic winter presence. Use it as a specimen, or as a backdrop to late flowering border perennials.
- Garden care:
Cut down to the ground in late winter before the new foliage appears.
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Comments about Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus':
Love these grasses that are easy to grow and have used both in pots and straight into the ground. Divides very well and have shared many of these grasses with friends. Never fails to please me even during the winter months when the flower heads turn a lovely golden colour, I cut back in early spring back to [almost] ground level.
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Comments about Crocus Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus':
Fantastic stunning grass. Lovely for most of year. Quite tall. Not much work req - just cut down end of year. Love this grass - great addition to my front garden.
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Q:Miscanthus not flowering
Afernoon, I bought a grass from you about 3 or 4 years back. It is a Miscanthus sacchariflorus. It has thrived well, is green and lush, but to date, it hasn't flowered. Am I doing anything wrong? Are you able to give me some advice please? I must add that I have bought a number of plants from you since you set up your web site and have been delighted with them all. The quality of each plant is excellent, as is the packaging and delivery. Regards MarionAsked on 13/9/2009 by Marion
A:Hello Marion, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your Miscanthus has not produced flowers, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. Best regards and thanks for the positive feedback. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 21/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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