Malepartus Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

Unlike most that bloom in fall, 'Malepartus' blooms in midsummer, allowing cool climate gardens to be graced with the full beauty of this ornamental grass. Plumes are held high above broad foliage with a superb erect habit; they open pink, turn coppery red in fall, then turn silvery white in winter. Bronze-red fall foliage adds striking contrast.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationmis-KAN-thus sin-EN-sis
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 5 ft. tall and wide; plumes reach 7 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeEarly to midsummer blooms persist through winter.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dense Habit, Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Aster (Aster); Barberry (Berberis); Elderberry (Sambucus)

Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained, loamy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, tolerates moderate dry spells. Cut foliage clumps back to 3 inches above the ground and apply fertilizer in late winter to early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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