The most comprehensive breeding work on Miscanthus was done by German nurseryman Ernst Pagels in the 1970s and 1980s. He wanted to produce cultivars that would flower reliably in the relatively short summers of northern Europe. One of the plants he came up with is this.
The gleaming bronze flower spikes, that fade to silver by the end of the year, are the most spectacular of the genus. On rich well drained soil the grass grows to 2.2m (7ft) tall. I’ve planted clumps of this behind the white-flowered Acanthus, A mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ and the two look splendid together.
Far too many Maiscanthus sinensis cultivars have been introduced. ‘Malepartus’ stands head and shoulders above the rest of the group.