Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’

maiden grass

Outstanding Qualities

One of the most graceful ornamental grasses for the Pacific Northwest, Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' develops into stately and delicate arching clumps of threadlike foliage. Upon closer examination each thin, richly green blade is enhanced with a brilliant silver midrib providing a luminescent quality. In early fall reddish copper tassel-like seed heads shine above the foliage then gradually fade to fluffy plumes of silvery white. The seed heads remain attractive well into winter. The lush green foliage dries in fall to a bright straw-beige adding a supple charm to the delicate seed heads. Use as a specimen or small groupings keeping in mind the fine foliage adds a sense of depth to the garden. Maiden grass is a perfect match for bold and white variegated foliage. Combine with spring flowering bulbs to provide interest until the new blades emerge.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, burgundy, cream

Great Color Partners: silver, pink, gold

Culture Notes

This adaptable grass is easy to grow in full sun with moist to well-drained soils. It will tolerate sand and clay, but in sandy sites regular summer watering may be necessary to keep this perennial from withering. Plants in other soil conditions only need occasional watering during dry weather. Avoid excessive fertilizer and shade or the plant can become floppy in late summer. Allow to stand into the winter as long as the grass looks good, once it is not longer attractive cut to the ground.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping grass

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather