Common Name: Ornamental Grass, Miscanthus
Hybridized and selected at Walters Gardens for its flowering performance earlier in the season, ‘Encore’ is a perfect choice for northern climates, where the growing season is shorter. Since it blooms so early, this ornamental grass has a chance for an encore performance, shooting up a secondary flush of coppery purple plumes before frost hits. Blooming starts in late summer to early fall and lasts until mid-fall. The flowers turn to a creamy tan color with age. This perennial forms a tall, upright clump of dark green leaves with white midribs. Before blooming, this plant stands around 4½’ tall. Be sure to leave this grass standing so it can provide winter interest through the snowy months.
Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed.
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average Water Needs, Consistent Water Needs
Dried Seed Heads, Fall Color
Eclectic, Formal, Modern, Prairie, Rain Garden, Rock Garden
Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Easy To Grow, Good For Screening, Mass Planting, Salt Tolerant, Specimen, Focal Point