Giant Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus x giganteus)

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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

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Posted by chelle (N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b) on Oct 10, 2011 6:01 AM

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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