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rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2012
8:12 AM

Post #9009816

While driving in my neighbourhood (zone 5) I unexpectedly came across this "clump of grass"!

Even now it is over 12 feet tall.

Any idea what it might be?

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 17, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9009943

Miscanthus Giganteus. Rocks all year round.

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rouge21
Canada
Canada
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9009956

Thanks Donna; good pictures
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

March 24, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #9055778

Those are great pictures.

Do you, or does anybody know, how long it would take for those 'clumps' to grow to those sizes.

I'm really interested in getting one or two of those now that I've seen them here.

Thanks in advance.




Wintermoor
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 25, 2012
5:52 AM

Post #9056068

I have many kinds of miscanthus, and some are very slow growing (Strictus, but worth it) or don't flower for several years (Monring Light, but worth it). I remember that this grass jumped out of the ground and grew really big really fast and then widened.

According to my records, I planted it in fall of 2004. Here is is in August of 2007 - the first picture I have of it. Three years later. And as you can see from the picture, it was already quite mature by the time I photographed it.

So, as you can see, it doesn't waste any time! It is particularly happy if you plant it where a bit of water drains toward it. Other than that, I never did anything but cut it down in April, and give it a little 10-10-10 fertilizer (and I stopped doing that, because it didn't need it).

Please see below for the August of 2007 pic. I didn't include it here.
It's a glorious grass. Do enjoy it!

Donna

This message was edited Apr 11, 2012 6:57 PM
Wintermoor
Jesteburg-Wiedenhof
Germany
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9065415

I've not been on for a while, but thank you for your prompt reply.

It looks like something which I could use so I'll be on the look-out for who sells them here in Germany.

Thanks again, Donna.


Wintermoor

BajaBlue

BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9065440

Donna did you start from seeds ?

This message was edited Apr 1, 2012 2:12 PM
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9065451

Donna, really beautiful. Im just getting interested in "grass". Your photos are inspiring.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9065820

I just love grasses. Here are a few views from a while back.

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 1, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9065950

Really nice. Thanks for sharing. Cam

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9078818

Oh, I just saw these pictures. Gorgeous stands of grasses, everyone!! :-)
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9079012

Here is the August, 2007 picture. Again, I installed it in the fall of 2004. So this is FAST!!!!!

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2012
3:05 AM

Post #9079227

I'll say! Great! I'm hoping for the same results. :)

DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9079412

Oh, and I did not start it from seeds. I purchased it in a quart pot for about $7.00.

Donna

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9079690

A real deal!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 12, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9079724

I got my start in 1998, at Milaegers in Racine. I had moved into my new home in July, and it was former farmland, so I installed everything. I did get a landscape plan, and wanted LOTS of grasses. It was fall, a supposedly risky time to plant grasses. So they were conducting the following promotion:

Buy 12, get 6 free
Buy 6, get 3 free
Buy 3, get 1 free

I was shameless, and made multiple trips even though they were 45 miles away (ah, I remember 99 cent gas!)

They still smile when they see me. And I figured out that I paid an average of $2.50 for each grass.

Watch out for fall sale grasses! Cut all the flowers off (when they are flowering, they are spent, like any other perennial) but if you want a lot, that's the time!

Some of my $2.50 grasses.

Donna

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9079788

Thank you very much for the photos and info. We bought an older home and property with a sorely neglected yard. I'm starting from scratch except for the trees and a row of Azaleas across the front of the house. In the back, I want to use the tall grasses extensively.

I have purchased a number of types of grasses already, and I am going to look for Miscanthus giganteus as soon as I can. I'm hoping to find it locally. ♥

Gazoodles
Iowa Park, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 4, 2013
9:50 PM

Post #9408849

Does anybody know if Miscanthus gianteus grass leaves can be used as thatch or do the dried leaves fall apart too quickly for putting on a small roof (for shade)?
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 7, 2013
8:20 AM

Post #9411078

When I have cut it back in the spring i have found the stems very thick for a miscanthus of any kind - yet they are light because many of them are hollow. They don't fall apart, but I suspect that they would possibly be too light to be substantial enough for your task.
Gazoodles
Iowa Park, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 7, 2013
2:29 PM

Post #9411400

Okay, thank you. : )

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