My Fair Maiden Miscanthus
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We’re excited about this one! My Fair Maiden is a new, highly infertile Miscanthus developed and selected at North Carolina State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station. The female parent was an artificially-induced tetraploid hybrid between M. sinensis ‘Strictus’ and M. sinensis ‘Variegatus’. The male parent was M. sinensis `Zebrinus`, a diploid selection. The resulting triploid offspring is highly infertile, with 99.3% reduced overall fertility—a super-appealing quality for areas where reseeding and naturalization of Miscanthus is a concern. The researchers evaluated this plant for over seven years both in the field and in containers and found it to retain its characteristics. In addition to its virtual infertility, a rigid culm with cascading green leaves creates a pleasing shape; traditional-looking blooms (with low seed set) complete the look.
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