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Saccharum (Erianthus) ravennae question

Posted by paula_in_pa z6 SEPA ChesCo (My Page) on
Sat, May 1, 10 at 21:45

Now that I have no more miscanthus (previous thread 'digging big mounds of miscanthus'), I miss having a grass on my 'wild' mound, where a lot of stuff is packed in, including early bulbs, lillies, alliums, coneflowers, phlox paniculatas, monarda, goldenrod, asters, and more. The winter interest was always the grass. I've now planted 3 tall narrow evergreens for winter interest. It would be great though, to have a giant plume at the back of it all.....

I saw at Agway today the Saccharum. It beckons....

Can you guys give me a difficulty rating of 1-10 of how difficult it is to dig and divide this grass, compared to the Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'? I'm a 56 yr. old female, in good shape, and used to digging things regularly. The miscanthus was a 12 in difficulty for me! I read differing opinions on the web..naturally... ;-/

Maybe I should throw some caster bean seeds there

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RE: Saccharum (Erianthus) ravennae question

  • Posted by donn_ 7b, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Mon, May 3, 10 at 7:46

In my opinion, there isn't much difference between digging/dividing Saccharum ravennae or Miscanthus. Both develop large dense woody crowns. In my experience, S. ravennae is slightly more deeply rooted than Miscanthus.

RE: Saccharum (Erianthus) ravennae question

Is this a case of:

"Jumping from the frying pan into the fire"?

I'm just a grass novice, I'm asking the experts.

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