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Ornamental Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Maiden Grass)

Gracillimus’ (Maiden Grass) narrow, fine-textured foliage has a graceful, rounded overall form. 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.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 6'
Spacing 72"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full-Partial Sun
Foliage Dark Green, Arching
Flower Copper-red flowers appear in long tassel-like, puffy plumes
Bloomtime Spring-Fall, remains standing through heavy snowfalls

General Information +

Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Common: Maiden Grass Gracillimus

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clays. Prefers moist soils. Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Clumps slowly expand in circumference by short rhizomes, but retain tight clump shape. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns. Substantial clumps tend to flop (or totally collapse when subjected to heavy winter snows), and will often benefit from some support. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear. 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.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Deer Resistant.

Planting Instructions: Prefers a moist, well drained soil in a sunny position. It can tolerate light shade. Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.