Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland'
Common: Ornamental Maiden Grass or Japanese Silver Grass
General Characteristics: Sun loving drought tolerant plant. Architectural plant - ideal as a 'stand out' plant. Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils. The silky pink plumes, which appear in late summer, are very showy. A good choice for containers. Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.
Tip: This selection should not need staking like its taller cousin. It provides a strong white element to the landscape which is especially pronounced when planted in front of larger shrubs or evergreens.
Very hardy and drought tolerant. Prefers well-draining soil and full sun. Miscanthus is easy to grow and is a good choice for beginners. It will grow in almost any soil, from loose sand to heavy clay, and does not require good drainage. Grow this grass in full sun except in warmer regions where some afternoon shade is best. Fertilization is not necessary. Divide Miscanthus in spring or early summer to give it time to establish its roots before winter arrives. Only in the mildest of climates should it be divided in the fall.
Use: Great for a strong white element in the landscape that is especially nice when planted in front of larger shrubs or evergreens. A wonderful specimen grass for all season appeal. It is also versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed.