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Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus sinensis is better known by its common name "Chinese reed". From the grass family, we will appreciate its decorative qualities, coupled with its ease of maintenance and its great robustness.

Varieties of miscanthus sinensis

The Chinese reed offers the possibility of cultivating many varieties according to your desires and the configuration of your garden. The best known is certainly the Chinese reed "gracillimus", haughty and light as its name suggests, but we also remember the Chinese reed "goliath" so named because of its size which can reach 250 cm or the "Klaine fountain" recalling precisely a real fountain.

Planting and flowering of miscanthus sinensis

The Chinese reed is planted in spring in deep, rather cool soil rich in organic matter. Its flowering, on the other hand, occurs a few months later in late summer and during fall. We will then appreciate its pearly panicles with changing color ranging from silvery to golden beige through pink and purple.

Maintenance of miscanthus sinensis

The Chinese reed requires relatively little maintenance. However, be sure to water regularly, but a good tip is to plant it very slightly on a slope to prevent too much water from stagnating at its base. Finally, at the beginning of spring and as soon as the young shoots appear, the stubble should be cut down with shears.

Diseases of miscanthus sinensis

Miscanthus is an extremely hardy plant and has no known diseases or parasites.

Use of miscanthus sinensis

The Chinese reed is essentially a decorative plant, which will therefore play this role wonderfully. You can then just as easily use it to make a solid with rather low varieties than to form a screen using higher varieties like "goliath". Two feet facing each other can also mark an entry for example.