Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’

dwarf maiden grass

  • © Rick Darke

Outstanding Qualities

At three feet or less in height Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' is more diminutive in size than most others maiden grasses and is ideal for smaller gardens. In late spring this deciduous grass emerges with very fine rich green leaves quickly forming a feathery but dense mound. In late summer to early fall handsome dense seed heads set well above the foliage initially with a golden shimmering glow. As the seed heads mature they turn a fluffy tawny white swaying in the slightest of breezes. In autumn the grassy mound turns a lovely straw color that will hold well into winter. An excellent grass for mass plantings, yet it is equally effective as a well placed specimen. The fall straw coloring mixes well with other autumnal hues and looks great when planted near small trees and shrubs with good fall color. Under plant with spring flowering bulbs to provide interest until the grass emerges in spring.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping grass

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: brown

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, purple, orange, burgundy

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, chartreuse

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.