This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can’t-fail, easy-care plants well adapted to our region.
Giant striped eulalia grass
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cosmopolitan’
Size: Up to 8 feet tall.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.
Bloom season: Late summer, fall.
Pruning needs: Little or none; cut down to the ground in winter to renew.
Water needs: After established, water deeply every one to two weeks.
Snapshot: Considered among the royalty of the grass kingdom, this large miscanthus is a good substitute for invasive pampas grass. And this grass only needs to be mowed once a year. Also called Silver Feather, this stately grass with variegated leaves can be a major focal point in the dry garden. It creates a large statement near entryways or at the back of the border. Cream-striped leaves emerge in spring and quickly grow to 6 to 8 feet. In late summer, they’re topped with bronze tassel-like flowers that toss in the wind. Its graceful foliage and plumelike flowers look like a living fountain, cascading above shorter plants. You can see examples at the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery on the UC Davis campus.arboretum.ucdavis.edu
See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden.