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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
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Plant Type: Grasses

An especially refined and elegant ornamental grass. Fine leaf blades are green with clean, paper-thin, white margins that give the plant a silvery cast when viewed from a distance. This plant is luminous when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun. It is prized for its rounded habit that never flops. Many consider 'Morning Light' to be one of the finest cultivars of Miscanthus. This grass requires a very long, hot growing season to be able to produce flowers. When it does, they are spectacular reddish bronze plumes that appear in late fall. As the seeds mature, they become cream colored and fluffy; they make wonderful accents to the tan winter foliage. Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Miscanthus is easy to grow and is a good choice for beginners. It will grow in most any soil, from loose sand to heavy clay, and does not require good drainage. Grow this grass in full sun except in warmer regions where some afternoon shade is best. Fertilization is not necessary. Divide Miscanthus in spring or early summer to give it time to establish its roots before winter arrives. Only in the mildest of climates should it be divided in the fall.

Flower Color

Red shades

Foliage Color

Variegated

Plant Spread

3 ft.

Good Companions

Plant Height

4-5 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

5-9

Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Cut flower or foliage, Border, Specimen, Dried Flower, Container, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

Mid-fall

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests

Midwinter to late winter