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Little Miss Dwarf Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Miss'

Lush green foliage emerges early spring, graduating to brilliant carmine and purple tones in summer, intensifying in fall. Foliage clumps retain their green coloration in the center, providing a delightful two-tone effect. Red flowers set showy buff-colored seed heads in late summer that hold through fall. An excellent compact grass for containers.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat, until established.


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Botanical Pronunciationmis-KAN-thus sin-EN-sis
LoreCompact habit. Spring foliage emerges green, graduating to bold carmine and brilliant autumn hues throughout summer into fall, retaining green foliage in center to provide bold attractive two tone effect.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer flowers set seed heads that persist through fall.
Design IdeasOne of the better grasses for small space city gardens. Plant in masses to evoke the color and animation of wild grasslands. Great single specimen. Easy injection of exciting form and texture for ordinary garden planting. Limited size is perfect in decorative ceramic pots, and dramatic in pairs to flank an entry or focal point.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Plumes
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat, until established.
Companion PlantsJuniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Cranesbill (Geranium); Salvia (Salvia)

Provide fertile, well-drained soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates some drought when established. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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