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!!!

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Pittgardener

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

    Bookmark   September 18, 2012 at 2:07PM
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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
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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
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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
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Pittgardener

I shall do that tonight.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 1:00PM
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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
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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
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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
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