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Ornamental Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Morning Light’ probably the best all-around garden plant of all the Miscanthus species. ‘Morning Light’ is a eulalia grass cultivar that is noted for its very narrow green leaves, with white variegation on the margins. Foliage has an overall silvery appearance. Not much fall color, with blades eventually turning straw-beige by winter. Tassel-like, puffy plumes appear above the foliage in mid to 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. ‘Morning Light’ is a somewhat smaller, more fine-textured version of the popular M. s. ‘Gracillimus’

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 6'
Spacing 40-60"
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full-Partial Sun
Foliage Dark Green, Arching
Flower Tiny reddish-copper flowers appear in long tassel-like, puffy plumes
Bloomtime Spring-Fall, remains standing through heavy snowfalls

General Information +

Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Common: Eulalia 'Morning Light'

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 usually retain tight clump shape. 'Morning Light' tends to keep its upright shape better than some other Miscanthus cultivars and rarely flops. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns. 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.