Sunday, September 16, 2012

Miscanthus sinensis 'Rigoletto'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Rigoletto'
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto offers a plum role for tenors: Rigoletto is a jester in the court of the Duke of Mantua, and he has dished out deluxe insults in a long career. When karma calls, he loses his beloved daughter to an act of revenge.

My Rigoletto is just maiden grass, but it’s likewise showy and bright. Its fall foliage is opera bling in every Italian stripe, asserting dramatic ivory-toned highlights and even bearing tassel-like scepters on stalks.

At about 4 feet, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Rigoletto’ is tidier than its taller cousins, with less inclination to flop in late season. The tassels mature into silvery white plumes that last well into the winter, providing great inspiration for jesters everywhere.

1 comment:

  1. what a wonderful description of Rigoletto, Terre. I am FAST becoming a miscanthus fan
    thank you for roost.