The Winter winds tussle the Japanese Silver Grass the way quick fingers can tussle a good haircut into something that looks right even when it’s not, but that falls back into place when left alone.  Although not a native, the plant thrives here and is attractive all year.


In the Winter, the plant is virtually gold, as shown above. It gets its silver name from the tassels that appear in Fall, when the  leaves are just starting to turn gold:


In the Summer, when the leaves are lush and green, it forms a good background for more colorful plants in the garden: 

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(Brooklin, Maine)