Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku Jima’

dwarf maiden grass

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku-jima' is noted for being a smaller form of the much larger wild species. This makes it a great plant for the smaller garden. 'Yaku-jima' is very similar to 'Adagio' the difference being 'Yaku-jima' is slightly larger and the leaves are narrower. Pinkish flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in September, gradually turning into beige plumes as the seeds mature. The foliage turns yellowish after frost, but quickly fades to straw-beige by winter. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. It looks great combined with Fothergilla gardenii and other larger growing perennials like Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double' 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: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

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 , 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.