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Miscanthus is a genus of about 20 species and many cultivars. It is one of the most interesting groups of the grasses. They are clump forming and vary in size from 3m (10ft) to dwarf forms of no more than 30cm (1ft).

The larger ones are by far the most dramatic and make a good focal point in a border or specimen plant set in isolation. The clump forms a fountain of strap-like leaves from which emerge tall, almost cane-like, stems. On the top of the stem is a plume of silky pink flowers in late summer and autumn.

The dead leaves, stems and tassels of flowers remain on the plants well into the winter until the winds eventually destroy them. They are worth leaving in place for winter interest until they begin to deteriorate, when they should be cut down. In any event, cut back by late winter so that emerging new growth in the spring is not damaged by late maintenance.

Plant in a position where the flower heads catch the sun, particularly in the evening. Place in a fertile, well-drained soil, in the sun. Increase by division in spring.

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