The Q&A Archives: Miscanthus Sinensis

Question: I would like to purcahse a miscanthus sinensis for my daughter who lives in Wisconsin. Is this plant and its various cultivars considered invasive in this area?

Answer: Miscanthus is a tall grass reaching a height of 8 to 12 feet. The clumps bear pink flowers in late summer. These can be used for drying or as a dye plant. The plant will adapt to many soil types but does prefer full sun. I cannot find any reference to it being invasive, or restricted in the state of Wisconsin.

Several cultivars are listed: 'Gracillimus' - silvery
green leaves turn bronze in winter, leaves and flowers with
graceful curves, flowers reddish-pink; 'Purperescens' -
reddish-bronze flowers, 3 to 4 feet tall, foliage green and
reddish-purple; 'Variegatus' - flowers pale pink, greens
leaves striped with white; 'Zebrinus' - flowers pale yellow, yellow bands on leaves.

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