What Is Ornamental Maiden Grass?
Oral history says that there were two types of plants growing in the past. One was wild and one was cultivated. The first type of plant was called “ornamentals”. They are plants that have been bred for certain characteristics such as color, shape or scent. These are plants that you would not want to eat but they do provide beauty for your garden.
The second type of plant is called “cultivars” and these are plants that have been selectively bred for specific characteristics. Cultivated plants are usually sterile so it is very difficult to breed them with other cultivars. Some examples of cultivated plants include tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, lettuce and many others.
Maiden Grass (Ornamental Maiden) is a term used to refer to both cultivated and wild species of the genus Oenothera. There are several different species of Oenothera and each species has its own unique characteristics.
Common Names For Ornaments Maidenhair Plant, Wild Mallow, White Lady’s Mallow, Blue Lady’s Mallow, Green Lady’s Mallow
How To Grow Ornamental Maiden Grass
Planting Ornaments Maiden Grass
The best time to plant ornamental maidens is during spring and summer months. This plant grows well in rich soil. The best type of soil for ornamental maiden is a loamy soil that is slightly acidic (dark-colored soil). Soils with low nitrogen and high phosphorous also work great, although you may need to add these nutrients to the soil before planting if they are not already present.
Many nurseries sell ornamental maiden plants or seedlings. It is best to buy plants that are already growing in a large container that has been growing in the nursery. The reason for this is because it is very difficult to grow maiden grass from seed, as they have a very low rate of germination.
As soon as you get your plant home, you will want to transfer it from the nursery container, into a slightly larger container that contains rich soil and the appropriate nutrients (especially phosphorous). If you are re-potting a seedling or a young plant, try to make the new container about 2-3 times the size of the old one.
After moving your plant into the new container, water it thoroughly. If the plant was in rich soil at the nursery, you will probably need to add some fertilizer to the soil before planting. If this is the case, wait about a week after you have planted your maiden grass, and then water it again. At this point, your plant should start to grow.
Common Problems With Ornamental Maidens
This plant can be affected by a variety of different diseases and problems. One common problem is the appearance of circular patches on the leaves that turn brown. If this happens, you may need to purchase an anti-fungal agent at a local nursery to help clear up the problem. In addition, you may need to remove infected leaves as they appear.
Another problem that can occur is the appearance of small, pale green insects on the leaves. If this happens, you may need to use neem oil to help control the insects. Neem oil is relatively safe and is available at most local nurseries or garden centers.
Other than these problems, this plant is fairly disease-resistant. It does not require much care or maintenance and is well-suited for naturalistic gardens.
Height: Up to 1.5 feet (0.5 m)
Up to 1.5 feet (0.5 m) Spread: Up to 1.5 feet (0.5 m)
Up to 1.5 feet (0.5 m) Native: North America
North America Flower: Yellow
Yellow Fruit: No
No Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a
USDA Zone 4a Environment: Sun
Sun Care: Easy
You are buying 1 rooted plant. Potted in a 3.
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Postemergence applied herbicides for use on ornamental grasses by CH Gilliam, GJ Keever, DJ Eakes… – Journal of …, 1992 – meridian.allenpress.com
Effect of salt spray concentration on growth and appearance of ‘Gracillimus’ maiden grass and ‘Hamelin’fountain grass by SM Scheiber, D Sandrock, E Alvarez… – …, 2008 – journals.ashs.org
Ornamental grasses show minimal response to cultural inputs by M Thetford, GW Knox, ER Duke – HortTechnology, 2011 – journals.ashs.org