Grass, Maiden


Description: Among the showiest and most beautiful of ornamental grasses, a clump of maiden grass grows to 7 feet by late summer. The top of a clump is wider than the bottom. The top may be 8 feet wide, emerging from a 24 inch diameter base. The stiff, arching leaves extend on all sides. Various cultivars have variegations that contrast with the green leaf tissue. The beauty of the leaves in summer is supplanted by the magnificent tan-to-red seedheads appearing in late August. Winter brings another period of beauty when leaves turn buff brown and the seedheads fade to silver. The plant surfaces seem to attract frost. Few things are more eye-catching than a frosted clump of maiden grass in front of a tall evergreen hedge.

Common Name: Maiden Grass

Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass

Exposure: Full Sun

Size: 5' foliage height, 7' bloom height, 3-4' spread

Bloom Color: White, fan-shaped plumes

Bloom Period: Fall

Landscape Use: Mass Grouping, Prairie Gardens, Back Drop Plant

Soil: Well-Drained

Zone: 5 - 9

Growth Rate: Moderate

Companion Plants: Black Eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Aster, Sedum, Knock out Rose, Spirea, Abelia, Juniper, Zebra Grass, and Holly's

Maintenance: Cut back to 4-6" in April or May




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