'Malepartus' has large soft-pink plumes to start, then the large, abundant plumes turn a lustrous coppery-purple hue, which eventually mature to a lighter silver-white, over an arching mound of dark green leaves. 'Malepartus' can be a strong focal point in the landscape and its bronze, red and orange fall hues will surely draw attention. This vigorous rounded clump of broad, rich-green blades with white-striped midribs will be a picturesque specimen in a mixed border. Since it’s an early bloomer, this grass will be a great choice for colder areas. The foliage dries and turns a light tan shade for the winter. Cut back to 4 inches in early spring. Clumps may be divided in spring before new growth appears.
Size: #1 · Hardiness: Zones 5-9
Common: Ornamental Grass · Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus' · Family: Poaceae
Height: 70-82" · Spacing: 3–4' wide · Pests: No serious insect or disease problems.
Foliage: 36 x 40", Upright Arching - Ascends vertically, fountain-like at top.
Plume: To 72", Upright - Plumes grow vertically in a uniform column-like form.
Bloomtime: August until frost
Exposure: Full-Partial Sun to Bright Shade · Flower: Pink to Purplish to Silver-White in late Fall · Foliage: Green w/white
Ideal conditions: Full sun or bright shade; fertile soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions.
Notes: Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.
Uses: Specimen, border, screen, hedge, background plant, massing, by the water, arrangements.
Planting instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it’s not necessary.
When to divide: when it shows signs of life in the spring, continuing until the new growth is about 18" tall; only in the spring
When to plant or transplant: plant bare root plants only in late spring to early summer, when the soil is warm, about the same time you plant your bean or corn seeds. The roots will grow only in warm soil. Planting too early in the spring may cause the roots to rot. Similar story in the fall when the roots may not grow enough to establish before the cold and wet of winter, resulting in the death of the plant.
When to cut back: we enjoy the foliage of Miscanthus so much that we like to leave it standing until the new growth starts to appear, possibly as late as May. We also like the combination of the tan foliage and spring bulbs. Cut back to about 6" from the crown of the plant.