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'Karley Rose' question

Posted by krikit Z7 TN (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 5, 12 at 14:55

I have Karley Rose OG and love the look - but it seems to flop with the slightest wind or rain. Is that typical, or due to the humidity here in East TN? I'd like to have an OG that doesn't get too large, doesn't have to be divided, and is non-invasive. Any recommendations? This would be a full sun location, in Z7 East TN and I am open to different 'looks' just don't want anything huge - I like the size of Karley Rose but don't like the flopping of the foliage.


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RE: 'Karley Rose' question

My KR's do that as well, but it seems to be lessening as they get older. It has to do with the thinness of the bloom stalk in relation to the size of the bloom. My younger ones do it when there's a good rain to soak the blooms, or a good wind to blow them down. During quiet and dry weather, no problems..they perk right up.

"I'd like to have an OG that doesn't get too large, doesn't have to be divided, and is non-invasive."

This is tough. A very slow grower like Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar' might work, but even though it takes years to reach 4', it will still have to be divided eventually.

RE: 'Karley Rose' question

Frances, perhaps you would like pennisetum alopecuroides "moudry'. The foliage is only about20-24" high, and it gets really neat blackish fuzzy plumes, which is definitely 'different'!

RE: 'Karley Rose' question

'Moudry' self-seeds furiously in my climate. It even sprouts itself in the lawn. I got rid of my established plants, but I'm still pulling up volunteers.

RE: 'Karley Rose' question

This one needs good drainage , does not like wet feet.

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