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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


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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.


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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


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RE: Mystery Ornamental Grass

Roger that- thanks!


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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.


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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 anywhere....in Z8 UK.


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