Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

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Attractive ornamental grass with fine-textured silver-green blades that turn golden-bronze after first frost. Delicate silvery-white plumes. Great specimen or used in groups as a screen. Herbaceous. Full sun. Moderate, clumping grower to 6 to 8 feet tall, 3 to 5 feet wide. Plume stalks are taller. Division.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationmis-KAN-thus sin-EN-sis gra-SIL-lim-us
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer
Design IdeasThis is a gorgeous wide grass that produces very unique curled seed heads. Grow it where you'll enjoy the effects of graceful foliage when green or golden at summer's end. Perfect for back of the border or for contrast against patches of green groundcover and sheared lawn. Ideal for wild gardens and dry streambeds, where it blends nicely with the soft hues of warm-colored stone. Enjoy these great tufts as they ripple and sway with the breezes of autumn.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Key FeatureDramatic Color and Texture

Easily grown in average, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency when established. Hard prune and apply fertilizer in late winter to early spring just before new shoots appear.

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