Variegated Japanese Silver Grass
Bodacious! Variegated Japanese Silver Grass is not a shy plant. This spectacular Fringe features wide green blades streaked generously with stripes of bright white. It lends an almost tropical vibe to the landscape, though it is perfectly cold hardy. Use it as a powerful focal point within your entryway garden, mixed borders, or poolside plantings, or plant it near your outdoor living space. In September, metallic rose-pink plumes rise above the foliage to create even more drama. They fade to buff and continue to turn heads in the winter. Variegated Japanese Silver Grass just doesn’t want to give up the stage!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Japanese Silver Grass gets its name from the silvery color the plumes take on once they lose their initial pinkness. This species is native not only to Japan, but also to China, Korea, and Taiwan. It has long been cherished in Asia for its four-season beauty and for its ability to add movement to the landscape. European gardeners also fell in love with Silver Grass many years ago, and eventually Americans followed suit. It’s not clear exactly when or where Variegated Silver Grass originated, but it has been around for at least 100 years, and it was found somewhere in Japan, where variegated plants have been prized for centuries.
A bold Fringe calls for bold partners. Choose plants with large, showy leaves and flowers to accompany Variegated Japanese Silver Grass. Try it with the huge red blooms of Fireball™ Rose Mallow, the big white and pink flower clusters of Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea, or the stunning deep burgundy leaves of Royal Purple Smoke Bush.
How to Grow
Variegated Japanese Silver 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, shade, or fertilizer can lead to weak, stretched growth—to prevent flopping in these cases, the plant may need to be staked. Old specimens may be rejuvenated by division; simply dig up chunks in late spring shortly after growth has resumed and replant. Variegated Japanese Silver Grass 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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