• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 5 ft. tall and wide; plumes reach 7 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Midsummer Plumes
    Blooms:
    Early to midsummer blooms persist through winter.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mis-KAN-thus sin-EN-sis
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Round
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 5 ft. tall and wide; plumes reach 7 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early to midsummer blooms persist through winter.
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesLong Bloom Season
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Companion PlantsBarberry (Berberis); Coneflower (Echinacea); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Elderberry (Sambucus); Aster (Aster)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in average, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency when established. Hard prune and apply fertilizer in late winter to early spring just before new shoots appear.Pruning time: late winter to early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    A breakthrough in early-blooming cultivars, "Malepartus' was introduced by the German plant breeder and nurseryman, Ernst Pagels. This cultivar is the product of a breeding program to develop Miscanthus cultivars that produce blooms early, therefore suited for climates with shorter growing seasons.

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