Silent Sunday – Miscanthus

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Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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86 Responses to Silent Sunday – Miscanthus

  1. What a joyful grouping of fluff!

  2. Anne says:

    This looks very attractive. Is it not invasive in your area?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thankfully, no. I’ve never found a single seedling in 30 years and as it is clumping, it only grows wider from the base. I planted it before we knew to focus on natives, which I now try to do. It is pretty well behaved. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. nshami14 says:

    So fluffy and fun. Thanks!

  4. sandyjwhite says:

    Talk about texture…wow!

  5. cindy knoke says:

    Put some lights on it and it is Christmas!! I have never seen this so white.

  6. Isha says:

    So pretty. Almost as if it’s heralding Christmas!

  7. Karen Lang says:

    White wonder โ˜๏ธ

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  9. Alice says:

    Looks like Jack Frost grew that! Very pretty!

  10. We have a neighbor with one and she cuts it to the ground at the end of summer. We let ours stay until the following spring and it sure does reward all winter long, especially when covered with frost and the sun makes it sparkle. Yours has a nice spread and looks great, Eliza.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Steve. Your neighbor misses a good winter show. If the snow is light and dry, the glitter is spectacular. Besides, critters benefit from its protection from winter winds. We use electric hedge clippers to mound our grasses in April. They always look so dull until the new growth starts. Slow starters, but excellent finishers!

      • I do the same in the spring although with my power head and hedge trimmer attachment. Someday I’ll switch to battery powered just like I plan for the mower but not right now. I’ve been working on Mary Beth to leave at least some of the tall plants like goldenrod and boneset for the insects. She’s a dedicated dead header, just not the San Francisco kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Eliza Waters says:

        It is rewarding to see the birds pecking through the dried foliage and seed heads, looking for sustenance. I’ve come to see the beauty of winter dried plants in the landscape.

  11. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Eliza
    We just cut it down to the ground as well.
    Thanks for sharing; all the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. shoreacres says:

    My first thought was, “What in the world?” I went straight to the maps and discovered it’s introduced in the U.S., and limited to our eastern/northeastern states. Even as an introduced species, it’s not shown in Texas, so I’m glad for this introduction. Do its clumps take on that symmetrical form naturally, or did you somehow create that? It’s beautiful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Linda. It is a spectacular grass, I planted it in the 90s when it was about a foot across and it has grown to about 20 times that size. Beautiful in summer as a grassy green mound, and spectacular in fall when it blooms then forms fluffy seed heads. Luckily, the seed seem to be sterile as I’ve not seen any seedlings. It is clumping and slowly aggregates. Other than clipping it back to the base in spring, I do nothing to it. I avoid planting anything stoloniferous, as they often get out of hand. Though not native, I planted it long before we knew the need to focus on natives, which is generally a criteria I start with when considering a new plant. At least this one behaves itself!

  13. Really nice for the cold seasons.

  14. Treah Pichette says:

    Gorgeous! Like frosted silver…..a symbol of things to come.

  15. So pretty! Brings to mind a collection of quill pens. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    This looks stunning !

  17. A very attractive plant. Does it survive the winter?

  18. Neat texture and contrast ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Maria says:

    Gorgeous! Also very christmassy!

  20. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    That look lovely Eliza. I Haven’t seen them go that pale here – they tend to stay quite green. I agree with Maria – looks quite Christmasy.

  21. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    It looks beautiful Eliza, especially against the backdrop of autumn colours ๐Ÿงก

  22. Dale says:

    So that’s what it’s called! Beauty!

  23. Kris P says:

    Jack Frost did a good job decorating the plant.

  24. Beautiful, I love the colors! I first thought it had frost on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just know it is mesmerizing in the breezes, enjoy!

  25. Widdershins says:

    Putting on that Wintery wardrobe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Tina says:

    Oooh, so pretty. I love grasses, no matter the time of year. Lovely, capture, Eliza.

  27. Vicki says:

    Very attractive indeed.
    I love grasses too. There’s something magical about the way they dip and sway in the wind. If you watch long enough, the movement becomes a meditation.

  28. pbmgarden says:

    Wow! What a presence!

  29. Beautiful. Hope you’re doing well, Eliza. I haven’t blogged much this year.

  30. Val Boyko says:

    Love the movement and lightness ๐Ÿ’•

  31. Miscanthus, which I’d never heard of, reminded me of the word “misanthrope.”

  32. Vinny says:

    That’s beautiful!

  33. Debbie says:

    How beautiful! I’ve never seen this before, so thanks for educating me!

  34. What an amazing plant Eliza. Very wintery๐Ÿ˜Š

  35. Now I know where makeup brushes come from! LOL Ornamental grasses are one of my favorite additions in the garden and one that spans seasons ever so nicely.

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