Miscanthus • Elulalia/Japanese Silver Grass • ススキ • 芒 • susuki
Susuki is one of the AKI NO NANAKUSA (Japanese seven plants of autumn), growing in a big clump in a flower bed S of Azumaya – it’s closer to the interior of Azumaya, while Hagi (Japanese bush clover) and Fujibakama (Joe Pye weed) are on the Orchard edge. (we have Kikyo/baloon flower also listed in the S bed, but i never saw its flowers yet.) Susuki is native to Asia: Japan, Korea and China.
From Missouri Botanical Garden: […] Zebra grass is a clump-forming grass noted for its horizontally banded foliage which is reminiscent of both the popular M. s. ‘Strictus’ and M. s. ‘Puenktchen’. However, ‘Zebrinus’ clumps are rounded, tend to flop and often need support, whereas ‘Strictus’ and ‘Puenktchen’ both feature spiky, upright leaf blades in narrower clumps which usually do not need staking. ‘Zebrinus’ typically forms a substantial foliage clump to 4-6′ tall, however it sends up flower stalks to 2′ above the foliage clump, thus bringing the total height of the grass to 6-8′ tall when in flower. Features dark green leaves with zebra-striped, golden yellow bands extending horizontally across the leaves at irregular intervals. Foliage gradually fades to tan after frost. Tiny pink/copper-tinted flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in late summer, gradually turning into silvery white plumes in fall. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. […]
It has many common names and scientific varieties, according to Jenny’s Garden: […] Miscanthus sinensis or Chinese Silvergrass or Eulalia Grass or Maiden Grass or Porcupine Grass or Susuki Grass or Zebra Grass or Miscanthus sinensis gracillimus or Miscanthus sinensis variegatus or Miscanthus sinensis zebrinus is an ornamental grass with an upright, narrow clumping growth habit. […]