Bold clumps of this vigorous grass add autumnal interest to the Winter Garden.
One of over 700 genera within the grass family Poaceae, the genus Miscanthus provides valuable texture and movement in the garden from late summer through to winter. It contains approximately 20 species from moist meadows and marshy areas in Africa and eastern Asia, which have reed-like stems with slender, arching leaves. M. sinensis originates from south east Asia and produces dense clumps to 4m in height. It has been extensively used in breeding programmes to produce numerous cultivars, many of them highly regarded in cultivation. M. sinensis ‘Septemberrot’ was raised by the German plant breeder Ernst Pagels, and its silken, silvery-red panicles age to silvery-gold, and persist through winter to bring anther dimension to plantings.