Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus')

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Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 6 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Reddish copper maturing to silvery white
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Inflorescence Height: To 8 feet
Uses: Erosion control
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind


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Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Mar 12, 2013 6:23 AM

I have this grass in full sun as well as part sun, and it seems to do fine in either location. I got one as a tiny mail-order, and it was a huge clump by the second year, just as big as the one I got as a gallon.

It also seems to do fine in heavy wet clay as well as highly amended soil. The only spot where it suffered was in unamended, dry, hardpan clay with half sun.

This grass does give 4-season interest. The fall color is especially pretty. There's only a one-month period after it's been cut down in early spring that it looks bare.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 9, 2019 3:27 PM

I first discovered this species and cultivar in the early 1990's in the Chicago, Illinois area. It is probably the most commonly used cultivar of the species. It is of medium size that gets about 5 feet high with the foliage and another foot higher to 6 feet with the flowers. Its blades are thin with a whitish line in the middle. It is easier to work with than several larger cultivars as 'Strictus, Silver Feather, or Variegata' that are difficult to dig up and reset. Like other Miscanthus its stems grow very thick together and in about 5 to 10 years the middle of the clump dies out and it must be dug up and reset. Unfortunately, I think this cultivar is the one that seeds itself into the wild better than most, where it has become an invasive east Asian plant in meadows and waste places in the USA.

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