Grass, River Mist


Description: 'River Mist' grows and looks much like the species but has bright green and white striped bamboo-like foliage. It really brightens up shaded landscapes and combines masterfully with ferns and hostas. In late summer, silvery green, oat-like seed heads are produced on arching stems, looking especially lovely when backed by morning or evening sunlight. The seeds turn copper in the fall and make an interesting addition to cut flower bouquets. Like the species, this plant tends to reseed but the seedlings will come up green, so you'll want to relocate them to another part of your garden.

Common Name: River Mist Grass

Scientific Name: Chasmanthium latifolium 'River Mist'

Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass

Exposure: Partial Sun

Size: 3' height, 24-36' spread

Foliage Color: Variegated

Bloom Color: White to Tan

Bloom Period: Mid-Summer - Late Fall

Landscape Use: Prairie, Woodland Garden, Rain Garden

Soil: Well-Drained

Zone: 5 - 8

Growth Rate: Moderate

Companion Plants: Big Blue Liriope, Coral Bells, Solid Green Hostas, Daylily, Astilbe




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