Fall sowing in zone 5?

niwahito(z5 IL)July 18, 2005

What can I sow, in the Fall, in zone 5 (Chicago) for something that is going to come up early, grow fast, and provide a good screen? I'm thinking miscanthus (Miscanthus floridulus)? But can't find confirmation anywhere that the seed will survive a fall sowing? Any other suggestions? I am ALSO looking for "pennisteum alopecuroides" (black fountain grass?) which I understand is hardy in zone 5, and will repeat - can I grow it from seed as well?

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Pennisetum alopecuroides grows just fine from seed. I have a few dozen plants, of both the species and of a cultivar called 'Moudry' that I WS'd this year. FYI, 'Moudry' is Black Fountain Grass, and the species, P. alopecuroides, is Fountain Grass. My books say they are both hardy to one 6.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 4:18PM
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rdh1994(z5 IL)

Donn are you familiar with the Pennisetum Alopecuroides "Fox Trot"? I was told this is a replacement for Pennisetum "Japonicum". The one I saw was beautiful, it was very large around and had the "bottle brushes" were very dark, like black. This sounds like "Moudry's" description. I hope I got the right one!


    Bookmark   July 27, 2005 at 7:47PM
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I'm old enough to remember "Fox Trot" as a dance my mother taught me, but I don't know it as a grass.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 5:49AM
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