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Buongiorno, bella! Graziella is the Italian version of the woman’s name Gracie, and Graziella Maiden Grass is certainly full of grace. This elegant Fringe features long, slim leaf blades that hold themselves upright with poise and strength, yet when breezes blow, they sway gently, adding movement to the garden. In late summer, feathery silver-white plumes arise, which capture the sunlight in fascinating ways. The fluffy plumes are among the showiest of all Maiden Grasses. Let Graziella greet your guests with style in your entryway garden, or have her bring some sophistication to your outdoor entertaining space.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Deer Resistant: Yes
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Although it is now popular the world over in many beautiful forms, Maiden Grass was once found only in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. Asian nurserymen and women have long embraced this lovely native Fringe as a worthy landscape plant. Later, Europeans began to appreciate what it could bring to the garden. Enter Ernst Pagels. Pagels, a German nurseryman during the 1930s until his death in 2007, was a big fan of Maiden Grass. He worked to develop varieties, such as Graziella, that would flower earlier in the season than the classic ‘Gracillimus’. Eventually, the love of Fringes spread to America, and Pagels’ selections found happy homes here as well.
When you think of Fringes, you probably don’t think of autumn color, but Graziella Maiden Grass has it in spades. In late fall, its rich green foliage turns smoldering shades of scarlet, orange, and gold. Together with the puffy white “smoke” of the plumes, it will look like a bonfire in your garden!
How to Grow
Graziella Maiden Grass is a fast-growing and easy-to-please Fringe. It will perform best in all-day sun and appreciates regular water and well-drained soil. Too much water or fertilizer can lead to floppy growth, so don’t overdo it. Old specimens may be rejuvenated by division; simply dig up chunks in late spring shortly after growth has resumed and replant. Graziella has proven to be invasive in areas with long growing seasons, and some states have banned its sale. It cannot be shipped to Connecticut or New York.
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