Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’

variegated maiden grass

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Outstanding Qualities

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' is noted for its substantial, rounded, arching mound of variegated foliage. The foliage turns yellowish after frost, but quickly fades to straw-beige by winter. Reddish flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in September, gradually turning into white plumes as the seeds mature. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. 'Variegatus' is a very popular cultivar. Mix with large perennials and bold foliage plants like Joe Pye weed or oak leaf hydrangea. Combine with spring flowering bulbs to provide interest until the new blades emerge.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping grass

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, blue, gold

Great Color Partners: white, silver, variegated

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.