Water Wise Plants
Silver Grass 'Yaku Jima'
2 ft. to 3 ft. wide and tall with plumes rising 4 ft. to 5 ft.
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Full to half sun
Striking golden plumes in fall
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips
From a design perspective, the delicate foliage and showy plumes of Miscanthus add movement and texture to the garden. The plumes look especially lovely in the fall afternoon light.
To keep a fresh look, cut Miscanthus to the ground in winter and divide every few years. That is the only maintenance needed for these trouble-free plants. Miscanthus sometimes takes a year or so to get established.
PADG Notes: Miscanthus 'Yaku Jima' is a favorite of Roberta Barnes, one of the founders of the Palo Alto Water Wise Demonstration Garden. She has found Miscanthus to be one of the best-looking grasses for full sun and low water. There have not been any problems with this grass reseeding in the Demonstration Garden.
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