Miscanthus sinensis Huron Sunrise

available late May

Miscanthus sinensis Huron Sunrise photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Maiden Grass

About This Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Sunrise' is one of the most profusely blooming of the Miscanthus varieties. The green leaves with silver midribs form beautiful clumps, but the most outstanding feature of this cultivar is its flowers. In late summer, a profusion of full, burgundy plumes sweep the sky. The plant maintains its graceful form throughout winter, providing tremendous winter interest. Hardy to zone 4, this variety is a great choice for our area. Martin Quinn, whose nursery is on the shores of Lake Huron, developed ‘Huron Sunrise’.

  • Height: 152 - 183 cm (5-6 ft)
  • Spread: 91 - 122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: Sun
  • Bloom Time: late Summer to early Fall
  • Leaf Colour: green with silver midribs
  • Bloom Colour: burgundy aging to tan
  • 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.