Burgundy miscanthus senesis gracillimus? - Knowledgebase Question

wareham, ma
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Question by jrrowes
June 16, 2006
I just purchased6 Monrovia maiden grass labeled miscanthus sinesis gracillimus. They all have burgundy blades. I asked the nurseryman about this as I thought there was no ornamental grass (perennial) in my zone that had burgundy blades. In spite of what your tag said, he assured me they would stay burgundy. No research I have done mentions that this species has burgundy foliage ever. Is this a mis-marked plant or is this plant capable of burgundy blades this time of year? Thank you. Ron Rowes

Answer from NGA
June 16, 2006
I think your plant is mis-marked. Miscanthus gracillimus has green foliage; Miscanthus sinensis 'Bluetenwunder' has mid green foliage with burgundy "ankles". I do not know of any Miscanthus sinensis with completely burgundy foliage. Just out of curiosity, I'd ask the nurseryman the source of their information. Best wishes in your research!

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