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Fall sowing in zone 5?

Posted by Niwahito z5 IL ( on
Mon, Jul 18, 05 at 16:04

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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RE: Fall sowing in zone 5?

  • Posted by Donn_ Z7, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 18, 05 at 16:18

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.

RE: Fall sowing in zone 5?

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!


RE: Fall sowing in zone 5?

  • Posted by Donn_ Z7, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 28, 05 at 5:49

I'm old enough to remember "Fox Trot" as a dance my mother taught me, but I don't know it as a grass.

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