On a trip to the UK, the late Greg Speichert and UK grass expert Roger Grounds literally stumbled onto this variegated sport of the old cultivar Miscanthus 'Giganteus'. The result is a splendid new deer-resistant cultivar that forms a giant 10' fountain of 1" wide yellow and green striped foliage. Our 6-year-old clumps of Miscanthus 'Gilded Tower' are nearly 5' wide. The lower foliage may brown out by summer's end, so give it a nice floral skirt...better make it a kilt in case it's a male. The clumps are topped in October with typical tan miscanthus plumes, but you'll need binoculars. Location is critical if you are in an airport flight path.
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