General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 9-12 feet
Plant Spread: 8-10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Color: Other: Silver-gray
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Giant Chinese Silver Grass
  • Giant Miscanthus

Photo Gallery
Location: Lincoln NE zone 5
Date: 2015-11-02
Location: Lincoln NE
Date: 2013-11-04
Leaves turn gold after the first frost and gradually turn to a ta
Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5
Date: 2011-10-10
Without a person in the photo it's difficult to get a true sense
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2011-10-10
Image displaying leaf attachment and form.
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5
Date: 2011-10-10
Other uses. In the fall of 2009 I transplanted divisions of this
Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5
Date: 2011-10-02
This particular clump is growing in filtered light. It doesn't ge
Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5
Date: 2011-10-03
Location: Pembroke, GA
Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: Northeastern Indiana - Zone 5
Date: 2011-10-10
Newly emergent inflorescence.
  • Posted by chelle (N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b, and Florida - Zone 9b - Zone 9b) on Oct 10, 2011 6:01 AM concerning plant:
    If you have the space, Miscanthus x giganteus is a wonderful addition to your songbird habitat areas! The extremely tall, thick, and lush vegetation provides safe haven from predators and the dried early-spring leaf tips are favored by many a feathered nest builder.

    This plant is deer-resistant.

    The leaves are sharp on the edges, so handle with care.

    The only way we've ever seen a clump killed (in fifteen years of growing it), is by cutting it back to ground level.
    Leave about 6" of growth when trimming it back in the Spring. Loppers are recommended for this task.

    This variety is sterile, therefore it's listed as a non-invasive plant.

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