In the Biodiversity garden is a planting of Miscanthus, the silvery strands of the flowers are most attractive. As a mass, with the sunlight playing on the flowers an attractive purple hue appears through the flowering canopy.
This is the cultivar Flamingo of the sturdy herbaceous species M. sinensis. Forming a dense rhizomatous rootstock it grows up to 1.8metres. In America the species is now an escapee and not welcome in the wild. The vigorous mass of growth it produces annually makes it a suitable candidate for biomass production.