• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering - weekly or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Forms clumps 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide; flower stalks reach 6 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage and Plumes
    Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mis-KAN-thus sin-EN-sis
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Forms clumps 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide; flower stalks reach 6 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Late Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Design IdeasEven more white than its variegated sister, this is an improved accent for beds and borders. Plant as a single vertical accent among low-growing, dark-green plants, or line it up as a hedge or informal linear cluster. Try matched potted specimens on corners of a square patio. Perfect near water gardens and fountains as wildlife cover, to disguise mechanical pumps or filters and for the illusion of reeds. Also lovely in cobalt-blue, glazed ceramic pots for patio, porch or terrace.
    Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Juniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Aster (Aster); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Highly adaptable in sand to heavy clay soils, provided it is well-drained. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Prefers even moisture, but takes dry conditions when established. Cut back and apply fertilizer just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with regular watering - weekly or more often in extreme heat.


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