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Mystery Ornamental Grass

Posted by ladybrowncoat 7 (My Page) on
Mon, May 26, 14 at 12:38

So I'm searching for a nice ornamental grass to use as a border on one side of our yard, and I keep seeing this post on Pinterest. I really like the look- it's massive and green and has a uniform shape- but I can't figure out what the heck it is! If anyone knows, please help :)

I don't have high hopes that it's suitable for zone 7a, since this picture looks lush and wet and I'm thinking it was taken somewhere across the pond. I live in Maryland and have clay soil and full direct sun, and besides pompous grass I am unfamiliar with the growing other types or ornamentals. I do love them, though, particularly their grace (and I appreciate their hardiness!). I want to use them as borders/backdrops in our very large yard. So if anyone is more familiar with these grasses and could point me in the right direction, I would appreciate that as well :)

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RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

I remember pinning this on Pinterest, too and doing an image search looking for the name. The closest I found was Eulalia grass: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’, but there seems to be lots of other Micanthus sinesis that are close. You might start there. Look also at 'Morning Light' on this page.

Here is a link that might be useful: Micanthus sinesis

RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

Oh, this is wonderful! Thank you so much :) So another name for it is Maiden Grass (another search word for Pinterest, ha ha!). Seems like it would be very happy in full sun in my zone. Yay! Thanks again.

RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

  • Posted by carrieb 7 Philadelphia (My Page) on
    Mon, May 26, 14 at 19:34

You may want to check your region's listings of invasive plants before seriously considering Miscanthus - it's an environmental nightmare in my Zone 7 region.

Here is a link that might be useful: Miscanthus invasive

RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

Roger that- thanks!

RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

Second that. I've been seeing plants spread out for a half mile where people have tossed out clippings in Arkansas. That one can grow into ugly colonies that block all of the native stuff out.

RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

deschampsia flexuosa 'Tatra Gold' - a small, mannerly, but very pretty bright green alternative to the scary miscanthus.....although I have several clumps of miscanthus sinensis and zebrina which have grown very slo..o...o...wly, not exceeding their welcome Z8 UK.

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