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common name: Silver Banner Grass, Amur Silvergrass
synonyms: Imperata sacchariflora
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: silver
main season: Summer
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Creeping, deciduous, perennial grass with aggressive, spreading rhizomes that form dense colonies. Foliage grows 4 to 6 feet on tall, stout upright canes, the bluish-green, broad-bladed leaves having pale, silver-green midribs. The flowers bloom in August rising 2 to 3 feet above the foliage, silky-haired and bright silver-white, the flowers remain showy into winter.
Similar and closely related to Miscanthus floridulus.
Perennial. Any reasonable soil in full sun or part shade. Needs plenty of space.
Cut back close to the ground by late winter, before new growth starts.
Luxuriant, tropical looking grass, good for the back of borders. Can be used to create a windbreak.