Plant ID forum: Spiral seed heads, possible ornamental grass?

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Name: Tina E.
Central Connecticut (Zone 6b)
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encarna
Oct 6, 2015 8:16 AM CST
I took this picture back in 2006 and I haven't been able to find or identify what type of plant it is since then. The plant was located in a bed of other ornamental grasses. Maybe it's a weed, but I just love it for the spiral shapes! I know it's not a lot to go on, but can someone please ID this?
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 6, 2015 8:12 PM CST
It's a variety of Miscanthus sinensis. The older types exhibited this curling, although usually in more unruly manner. Not surprisingly, breeders have been breeding out this trait in favor of the straighter form presented by Miscanthus sacchariflorus.

Like this, for instance:
http://onlineplantguide.com/Plant-Details/4566/
Name: Tina E.
Central Connecticut (Zone 6b)
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encarna
Oct 7, 2015 2:28 PM CST
Thank you for the ID. I wonder if it's still possible to get the curly type.

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