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Products > Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret'
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret' - Cabaret Japanese Silver Grass

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Flower Color: Copper
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret']
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret' (Cabaret Japanese Silver Grass) - A wide-leaved slightly-arching grass that grows to 6 feet tall with cream-white stripes running down the middle of the otherwise dark-green 1 1/4 inch wide leaves. In warm locations the copper-colored flowers appear in the fall and mature to a cream color. Plant in full sun to light shade, occasional to regular irrigation. Hardy to USDA Zone 6 (-10 degrees F). Rick Darke in his "Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes" (Timber Press 2007) says of this grass: "Arguably the boldest of all the variegated miscanthus". This plant was discovered by Kokin Watanabe and first introduced from Japan through the U.S. National Arboretum. It was obtained by Dr. John Creech and Sylvester March in 1976 from Dr Masato Yokai's garden in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture. Dr. Yokai was a known authority on plant pigmentation and a member of the faculty at Chiba University. The name Miscanthus was given to this genus of perennial grasses native to Japan and the Philippines by the 19th century Swedish botanist Nils Johan Andersson. It comes from the Greek words 'miskos' which means "stem" or "stalk" and 'anthos', meaning "flowers" in reference to the seed heads having stalked spikelets. We received our first plant of this cultivar in 1991 from John Greenlee and first offered it for sale in our 1996 catalog. 

This information about Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus 'Cabaret' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.