ID Help

PittgardenerSeptember 18, 2012

Hello all. We moved into our house and found several things that need rectifying. I need some help IDing this grass that's VERY overgrown (whole plant is a big donut when trimmed).

I was trying to figure out what it was so I could determine cool or warm as that will help in the division process (particularly when to do it). Thanks for any help!!!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Pittgardener

Here is another more detailed photo with the pretty variegation/striping.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 2:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
donn_(7b-8a)

It looks like some form of Miscanthus sinensis...maybe var. condensatus 'Cabaret.' If it's 'Cabaret' it should be blooming now or soon.

It's common for Miscanthus to donut. It's a warm season grass, so you'll want to divide it in the early spring. Take your divisions from the healthy perimeter and discard the center.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 3:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Pittgardener

Thanks for the quick response! I'm anxious to get started. Too bad I'll have to wait!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 6:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
donn_(7b-8a)

In the meantime, we can try for a positive ID.

Post a closeup of one or two of the most variegated blades, and give us a measurement of the width of a blade at its widest point.

Then post both medium and closeup shots of a flower, when it blooms. Wait until the bloom has been open for at least a week.

That should enable a good ID.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 7:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Pittgardener

I shall do that tonight.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 1:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Pittgardener

Here's a photo. The blades are 1" (almost exactly) and there are no flower buds evident anywhere. If anything, the stalks have tiny new blades.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 6:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
donn_(7b-8a)

Yep. It sure looks like 'Cabaret,' and measures up just right. This is what it should look like when it blooms:

Those new stalks look to me like the flower stalks.

It's a gorgeous grass, and well worth taking divisions next year.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 10:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Pittgardener

Excellent...all the info I've read and photos I've seen pretty much match the Cabaret perfectly. The flowers look like that, if I remember correctly. And I agree, it's a beautiful grass and in DIRE need of division (the donuts are probably 2' in diameter). Can't wait to make the new divisions into a border! Again, thanks all for the help!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 2:28PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Carex Comans 'Frosty Curls' turning brown yellow
I have searched a bit on this subject and have not...
ersh
type of grass?
This is such a pretty grass. Everyone asks what it...
bunky
What type of ornnamental grass is this? Pruning Needed?
1. Curious as to what exact type of Fountain Grass...
bretthickman
How to maintain this ornemental grass
We have quite a few of these ornamental grasses at...
bgaviator
Northwinds planting in Central TX
I am considering planting a dozen or so Northwinds...
jscaldwell
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™