Purple maiden grass not coming back!

mitchb2May 20, 2006

I planted 3 purple maiden grass plants last May.

They got huge over the summer.

In the first week of April this year, I cut the brown, dry grass down to about 6".

So far, there's no new growth!

When I walk around the neighborhood, I see that everyone else's is coming up strong.

When should I be worried?

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achnatherum(z4or3 Ontario)

Are you 'sure' that you planted purple maiden grass and not purple fountain grass??
The only maiden grass that fits that name is Miscanthus purpurescens BUT, it is not purple. Rather it is green for most of the season and then turns a good flame red in the fall.
On the other hand Purple fountain grass will get quite large over one summer, it is purple for the whole summer BUT ~ is not the least bit hardy in your zone.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 11:24AM
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mitchb2

You're right...I meant fountain grass.
Dang...this was put in by a "professional" landscaper. he should have known this.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 1:18PM
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juicylucy(z5 IN)

Hi mitch,

You can get quarts of it at the big box stores for 5 bucks or so. I love it and wish it were hardy but happily spend a bit each yr. to have it, it's worth it IMO!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 5:07PM
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dawgie(z7NC)

Purple fountain grass is grown as an annual in most areas. It isn't winter hardy unless you live in some place like Florida or California. However, as Lucy mentioned, it is easy to find in big box stores these days for $5 or so per plant and grows very fast.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 9:40AM
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mitchb2

Thanks, everyone. I was going to make the landscaper replace it since there is a 1-year warranty on all the plants, but in light of what I learned here, that would be petty. I'll head out and buy some today.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 11:09AM
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