Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

variegated maiden grass

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Outstanding Qualities

Featuring blue-green foliage with white margins, 'Morning Light' is a silvery addition to the border. Dense seed heads in late summer and early autumn provide movement in the garden.A common fault of Miscanthus sinensis is that several of the cultivars splay open as they get older. 'Morning Light' does not. This adaptable large-scale grass is easy to grow and handsome. It should be cut to the ground in late winter and requires no other maintenance. It looks great combined with Fothergilla gardenii and other larger growing perennials like Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double' and gunneras to add a light texture. It can be used in combination with annuals to provide stature and variety of texture. It looks particularly good when planted with large-leaved perennials for contrast.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping grass

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, purple, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, gold, silver

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.