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Maiden
GRASS

Miscanthus sinensis
 

Description:
Maiden Grass is an arching, graceful grass that forms dense clumps of green or variegated foliage.   This grass is used in the landscape as a specimen, screen or a nice mass of textured foliage.  Also looks great near a pond!  Maiden Grass requires a location in the landscape that receives full sun, but will tolerate some shade. 

 

 
Common Name: Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Porcupine Grass, Eulalia, Silver Feather, Chinese Silver Grass, Eulalia Grass, Japanese Silver Grass
Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis
Type: Ornamental Grass
Soil Preference: This plant tolerates some drought and occasional wetness.   It prefers soil that  is well-drained, loamy, sandy or clay with a pH preference of an acidic to slightly alkaline (6.8 - 7.7)
Light
Requirements:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Attributes: Deer resistant, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, suitable for cut or dry flowers
Pests: none serious
Diseases: none serious.
Good Companion Plants: Aster, Black-Eyed Susan, Tall Bearded Iris, Tall Garden Phlox, Rose Mallow, Stonecrop, Willow-leaf Sunflower

Care:

Propagation is from division and seeds in the fall and spring.  Many people prefer to cut the grass back to the ground in the spring so new green growth is not mixed with last years dried brown foliage.

Planting Instructions: Perennials
Info: Ornamental Grass

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Maiden Grass
zones 7a-9a
 
Description:  Fine textured silver-gray leaves.  The flowers have a pinkish cast when they first open, turning white as they age.
Bloom Color: Pinkish White
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Foliage Color: Silver-Gray
Height: 36-48"
Spread:


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret'
Maiden Grass
zones 6-9
 
Description:  This grass has a wide white band down the center of the leaf.   The late season plumes emerge a wonderful reddish-purple before changing to tan.  
Bloom Color: Reddish-purple to tan
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Variegated green and white
Height: 84"
Spread:


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-8
 
Description:  A truly outstanding new Miscanthus! 'Gold Bar' forms an eye-catching clump of green leaves that are horizontally banded in creamy yellow from the base of the plant to the tips of the leaves. There's nearly as much yellow as there is green! Adding to its appeal, this grass is strictly upright and compact in habit, so there's no need to stake or tie it. In mid-fall, showy burgundy inflorescences appear just above the foliage.  This grass is a very slow grower, reaching an ultimate height of 5 feet in about 8 years. Therefore, it's best to position it in the landscape as you would a shorter grass and then move it when it reaches maturity. It also works well in large containers.
Bloom Color: Purple/red
Bloom Time: Early to mid fall
Foliage Color: Variegated green & yellow
Height: 3-5'
Spread: 2-3'

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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Upright, feathery creamy flowers bloom late September and curve in a unique fashion.  The bright green leaves turn straw colored with the cold weather.
Bloom Color: Creamy White
Bloom Time: September
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 96"
Spread: 30"


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description: This shrub-like grass turns to a rich gold in the fall; the fall color lasts through the winter. The white plumes appear in late summer and persist into winter.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Fall and winter
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 5-6'
Spread: 3-4'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Huron Blush'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  This is a shorter variety that has wide, green leaves with a very narrow, white midrib. The foliage forms a beautiful clump about 3' tall. In late summer, a profusion of showy creamy-tan to blush pink seed heads sweep the sky. The plant maintains its graceful form throughout winter, providing tremendous winter interest. Hardy to zone 4, this variety is great for northern climates.
Bloom Color: Creamy-tan to blush pink
Bloom Time: Late summer
Foliage Color: Variegated
Height: 36"
Spread: 48-60"


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description: Just right for those who want the drama of ornamental grasses in a smaller setting.  Thin, silver-green wiry leaves are decorated in fall by small, silvery plumes.
Bloom Color: Silvery
Bloom Time: September-October
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24-30"
Spread: 18"


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  A neat and tidy appearance, ease of maintenance, and reliable bloom makes this one of the most popular new ornamental grasses on the market. Though it looks like M. 'Zebrinus' with its distinctive gold banding, this variety is shorter, more upright, and keeps its color all season. 'Little Zebra' flowers reliably every year in late summer, even when the weather is unusually cool. The lovely reddish purple plumes are held 1 foot above the foliage, then change to a creamy tan color in winter.
Bloom Color: Reddish
Bloom Time: Late Summer
Foliage Color: Variegated
Height: 36-48"
Spread: 24-36"


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Has broad leaves that turn orange in fall.  Rose-pink plumes fade to silvery white.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Foliage Color: Green and Variegated; brown, copper and orange fall color
Height: 5-7'
Spread: 6-10'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Has narrow bands of pure white on the leaf margins. Foliage will turn to a rich gold in the fall. The late season bronze colored flowers turn to cream as they age.
Bloom Color: Bronzy Pink
Bloom Time: August
Foliage Color: Variegated green and white;  Brown, copper and orange in fall
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 6-10'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  This cultivar turns to a rich red-orange in the fall which persists through winter.   Cotton-like silvery pink plumes.
Bloom Color: Silvery pink
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Green then red
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 6-10'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande'
Narrow-leaf Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  'Sarabande' is often described as a smaller version of 'Gracillimus' but with slightly narrower leaves and earlier bloom.  You will really enjoy the showy display of reddish-brown, tassel-like flowers in late summer!  The flower plumes persist well into winter. 
Bloom Color: Reddish-brown
Bloom Time: September
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 48-60"
Spread: 48-60"


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Super Stripe'
Ornamental Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description: This showy banded grass has lush green foliage marked with tighly spaced bands of gold. It forms an attractive upright, arching clump about 4ft. tall, and is topped by 7ft. tall tawny plumes in early fall. Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed.
Bloom Color: Tan
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Variegated green and yellow
Height: 4' (7' plumes)
Spread: 4'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
Porcupine Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  This very upright grass is distinguished by it's horizontal variegation.  The leaf color is green with yellow bands and turns to a rich gold color in fall that persists through winter.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Summer and fall
Foliage Color: Variegated green and yellow
Height: 5-8'
Spread: 4-10'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'
Maiden Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Green and white striped leaves.  Creamy flowers bloom August-September.  Fall color is a rich gold. 
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: August-September
Foliage Color: Variegated green and white; Brown, copper and orange in fall
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 6-10'


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku Jima'
Silver Feather, Japanese Silver Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  An ideal grass for smaller gardens.  'Yaku Jima' produces very free flowering golden-copper colored plumes in late August maturing to silver in the winter. The foliage turns to a reddish color in fall.   Combine with other fall bloomers such as Sedum, Asters and Mums for a spectacular fall display!
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Foliage Color: Green; brownish-red fall color
Height: 36-48"
Spread:  


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Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Zebra Grass
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Feathery, fine-textured creamy flowers are held aloft on stems variegated with creamy yellow.  Similar to 'Strictus'.  Fall color is a rich gold. 
Bloom Color: Creamy Pink
Bloom Time: Summer and Fall
Foliage Color: Variegated green and yellow; Brown, copper and orange in fall.
Height: 6-10'
Spread: 6-10'
 

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