Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’    Family: Poaceae
(mis-KAN-thus sih-NEN-sis)
Common name: maiden grass; eulalia grass
Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 5-7 ft (1.5-1.65 m) Spread: 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2 m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: fertile; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: An evergreen perennial with an upright, vase-like, slowly spreading habit. Narrow green leaves have creamy white midribs. Coppery-red tassel-like inflorescences appear in late summer. Colour changes to silver as seeds mature.


Special Notes: Native to Japan. Good winter interest. Can be used as a cut flower or in dried arrangements. Deer resistant. Leave foliage over winter to protect the crown. To tidy up, cut plant back to 8 – 12 inches (20 – 30 cm) in early spring to allow new growth to appear. Propagation by division in spring or autumn.


Great Plant Pick 2010


Posted on December 2, 2014