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Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus - Maiden Grass

Ornamental Grasses

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus', known as maiden grass, is noted for its narrow green leaves with a silver midrib which form a substantial, rounded, arching clump of foliage typically growing 4-6' tall (to 8' when in flower). Foliage turns yellowish after frost, but quickly fades to straw-beige by winter. Tiny reddish-copper flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in late September, gradually turning into silvery white plumes as the seeds mature. Blooms later than most Miscanthus cultivars. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. 'Gracillimus' is an old and very popular cultivar.

Maiden Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Cut back this warm season grass in early spring for new green growth. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns.

Height:

48-84 Inches

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Spread:

36-60 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Winter
Summer
Fall
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Winter
Attributes
Mass Planting
Cut Flower
Specimen
Dried Flower
Focal Point
Border or Bed
Great Foliage
Container
Great Companion Plants for Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Daylily Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro')
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Viette's Little Suzy')
Yarrow Yarrow (Achillea taygetea 'Moonshine')
Coneflower Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus')
Russian Sage Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Steel')
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Little Bluestem Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium )
Feather Reed Grass Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster')