Rick Darke ♥ Grasses



Above: Hachijo susuki is the Japanese vernacular name for
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus, shown in this
late-October view in native habitat between Mount Hakone and Mount Fuji, which
is just visible through distant clouds.”


Above: Provenance matters. These switchgrasses, Panicum virgatum, growing
unplanted along a road outside Dallas represent the local population of this
species. The dry, sunny Texas provenance of these particular plants makes it
likely that they possess more genetically inherent heat tolerance than cool
northern representatives of P.virgatum.”


  1. I love Rick Darke’s books.

    I’ve seen some gorgeous Miscanthus screens in our area – they do get cut down each year but for getting a screen up fast, they can’t be beat.

  2. I’d rank Rick Darke among the best of American writers on landscape, nature, and gardening. He’s right about the difference between early and late blooming miscanthus. I got some early blooming (unidentified, but called Gracillimus) miscanthus at a big box store, and it has started seeding itself in a very disturbing manner. Now I’m faced with removing them all next spring and burning them. Plant miscanthus (I love them) but be careful to watch for the early bloomers. (This is in central/western New Jersey.)


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