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Miscanthus sacchariflorus - (Maxim.)Benth.
                 
Common Name Amur Silver Grass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Flood plains and river banks in meadows in Amur[74, 200].
Range E. Asia - China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Miscanthus sacchariflorus Amur Silver Grass


Miscanthus sacchariflorus Amur Silver Grass
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Physical Characteristics
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Miscanthus sacchariflorus is a PERENNIAL growing to 3 m (9ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms
M. saccharifer. Imperata sacchariflora.

Habitats
 Hedge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Very wind hardy, succeeding in maritime exposure, it can be grown as a shelter hedge though it dies down in winter[K]. Although they die down in the winter they quickly attain their full height each season[200].
Cultivation details
Industrial Crop: Biomass;  Management: Hay;  Minor Global Crop.

Prefers a deep fertile loamy soil that does not dry out in summer[200] but succeeds in any ordinary soil that is not too dry[1, 162], in sun or light shade[200]. Very wind tolerant. Plants can be grown as a focal point in lawns, they also succeed in quite coarse grass[233]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c when fully dormant[200], though the young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Closely related to M. floridulus[233]. The leaves have saw-toothed edges and can cut the unwary gardener, it is best to wear gloves when working with the plant[200]. A rhizomatous plant, but it is slow to spread[188]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].
Propagation
Seed - surface sow in spring in a greenhouse and keep moist. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or early autumn[200]. Very easy, large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Miscanthus floridulusPacific Island silvergrass, Giant Eulalia Grass, Giant Chinese Silver Grass20
Miscanthus sinensisEulalia, Chinese silvergrass, Silver Feather, Eulalia Grass, Japanese Silver Grass, Ornamental Grass12
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