Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus

available late May

Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Maiden Grass

About This Grass

Miscanthus 'Malepartus' is one of the showiest of the Miscanthus varieties that we grow. The foliage height is about one meter tall but, when it blooms, the plumes top out at over 2 meters. The plumes have lovely pink tones and appear in late summer. This grass combines well with other varieties in a grass border or integrates easily into a mixed border.

  • Height: 183 - 213 cm (6-7 ft)
  • Spread: 91 - 122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 5
  • Sun or Shade: Sun to light shade
  • Bloom Time: early Fall
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pinky 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.