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Products > Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan'
 
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan' - Cosmopolitan Silver Grass

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Silver
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan' (Cosmopolitan Silver Grass) - A large semi-evergreen grass that grows to 6 to 8 feet tall with 1 1/2" wide leaves that have a strong creamy-white variegation along the leaf margins. Similar to Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus', but has wider leaves and a more erect habit. Grow in full sun or light shade with regular water. Hardy to USDA Zone 6 (-10 degrees F). The name Miscanthus was given to this genus of perennial grasses native to Japan and the Philippines by the 19th century Swedish botanist Nils Johan Andersson. It comes from the Greek words 'miskos' which means "stem" or "stalk" and 'anthos', meaning "flowers" in reference to the seed heads having stalked spikelets. We first received this grass in 1992 from John Greenlee and offered it in our catalogs from 1993 until 2008. We had a large speciemn of Miscanthus 'Cosmopolitan' in our nursery garden but its tendency to sport non-variegated shoots helped with our decision not to continue growing this grass, but we do currently grow the all green Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus, which we selected from this variety.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan'.
 
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