Telford, PennsylvaniaPerennials
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen'
Common name   Banded eulalia grass
Hardiness Zone   5 - 9
Sun   Full sun - part shade
Soil   moist / rich
Flower color   Reddish-brown
Bloom time   August - February
Height   4 to 6 feet
Spread   3 feet
General Culture:
Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils. Prefers moist soils. Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Clumps slowly expand in circumference by short rhizomes, but retain tight clump shape. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear.

Noteworthy Characteristics:
'Puenktchen' is a eulalia grass cultivar which is noted for its erect, spiky, compact form, its tall flower plumes and its horizontally banded foliage. It is one of the shorter Miscanthus cultivars, typically forming an upright foliage clump to 3-4' tall, however it sends up unusually long flower stalks (to 3' above the foliage), thus bringing the total height of the grass to 5-7' tall when in flower. Features narrow, finely-textured, dark green leaves with golden yellow bands extending horizontally across the leaves at approximately 4" intervals. Foliage gradually fades to tan after frost. Tiny reddish-brown flowers appear in late summer, gradually turning into silvery white plumes in fall. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. Synonymous with and sometimes sold as Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Dot' which is the English translation of the German cultivar name.
No frequently occurring insect or disease problems. In some areas of the U.S., Miscanthus mealybug and Miscanthus blight are becoming significant problems. Miscanthus mealybug causes stunted growth and is difficult to eradicate because it lives inside the stems. Miscanthus blight is a fungal disease which attacks the blades and sheaths.
Versatile ornamental grass. Accent, specimen, grouping, mass or screen. Borders, meadows, wild gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized areas or pond/water garden peripheries.