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Miscanthus ‘Strictus Dwarf’

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September - October
100cm x 100cm
Easy Care
Fully Hardy

Miscanthus ‘Strictus Dwarf’ is a compact ornamental grass prized for its striking appearance and manageable size, reaching about 90cm in height. Its distinctive foliage showcases horizontal bands of green and gold, adding visual interest to garden borders or containers. This variety maintains the characteristic upright growth of Miscanthus, making it a versatile choice for smaller landscapes. ‘Strictus Dwarf’ thrives in sunny locations with well-drained soil and requires minimal maintenance. Its compact size and eye-catching foliage make it a standout addition to any garden design.

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Miscanthus 'Strictus Dwarf', commonly known as Porcupine Grass, is a compact and striking ornamental grass that adds vertical interest to any garden. Its distinct horizontal bands of green and yellow along the arching foliage resemble the spines of a porcupine, hence its name. This dwarf variety typically reaches a height of around 90-120 cm, making it suitable for smaller gardens or containers, or use for any gaps in your mixed perennial beds. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. In late Summer, 'Strictus Dwarf' produces feathery plumes that rise above the foliage, starting with a reddish hue and maturing to silver as Autumn progresses. These plumes add a delicate texture and movement to garden landscapes, complimenting perennial beds or mixed borders. Our nursery values 'Strictus Dwarf' for its low maintenance and reliable performance throughout the seasons. Its unique appearance and adaptability make it an ideal choice for various garden styles, from modern and urban landscapes to traditional cottage gardens. Additionally, it provides shelter and food for wildlife, contributing to the biodiversity of garden spaces.

Planting Conditions

Miscanthus thrives in well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. We advise planting it in a sunny location for optimal growth, although it can tolerate partial shade. Ensure proper spacing between plants to allow for adequate air circulation. When planting, dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball, and backfill with amended soil. Watering deeply after planting will settle the soil around the roots. This ornamental grass is drought-tolerant once established and requires minimal maintenance for a stunning display in your garden.

Watering & Feeding

Miscanthus requires regular watering until established, especially during dry spells. Once established, it is fairly drought-tolerant but benefits from occasional deep watering to promote healthy root development. Mulching around the base helps retain soil moisture. Feed annually in early Spring with a balanced slow-release fertiliser to support robust growth. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to weak, floppy stems. Proper watering and feeding will ensure that this ornamental grass maintains its vibrant foliage and striking plumes throughout the growing season.

General Care

Miscanthus requires minimal pruning but would benefit from cutting back the foliage to about 10-15 cm above the ground in late Winter or early Spring before new growth emerges. This helps maintain the plant's appearance and encourages vigorous growth. Deadheading is unnecessary as the plumes provide Winter interest. Miscanthus is generally disease-resistant and pest-free, though occasional issues with rust or leaf spot can occur. Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases. Regular maintenance will keep your Miscanthus looking healthy and attractive.