Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus

available late May

Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Maiden Grass

About This Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' forms a rounded mound of fine, silver veined green leaves with an arching habit. The fan-like plumes emerge with a reddish tint, then age to a soft silvery white and remain attractive all winter. This is an older variety that has remained popular due to its reliability.

  • Height: 152 - 213 cm (5-7 ft)
  • Spread: 91 - 122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 5
  • Sun or Shade: Sun
  • Bloom Time: late Fall
  • Leaf Colour: green with white midrib
  • Bloom Colour: copper maturing to silver
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Miscanthus prefers moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial sun. It is adaptable to many soil types including clay and sandy soils. The clump expands slowly by short rhizomes but will retain a tight clumping form. The foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crown.