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Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella' - Maiden Grass
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Plant Type: Grasses

Recommended Miscanthus for northern gardens. Noted for its early bloom time and copper red fall foliage. White flowers appear on tassel-like plumes above the foliage in late summer turning to silvery white showy plumes. Straw-beige winter foliage and white plumes persist to provide pleasing winter interest. Picture-perfect with sunshine highlighting the silky plumes.

This is a German selection of Maiden Grass with an early-blooming habit. It forms a graceful, upright mound of narrow green leaves. Soft silvery-white plumes appear in late summer, held well above the leaves and remaining attractive for months. Foliage usually develops good copper and orange tones in the autumn, later becoming tan for winter.

Useful as a specimen, in the border, or for mass planting. Trim to the ground in late winter or early spring. Clumps may be divided in spring before new growth appears.

 


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Miscanthus are the royalty of the grass kingdom, with billowy texture, silky tassels, many different heights and colorations, and great winter interest. Seeds are carried by a feathery plume above the plant. Pleasing sound when rustling in the wind. Deer resistant. Good for hot dry spots, also dries easily.

Cut foliage back in late winter before new shoots appear. Divide in late spring when needed. Shear back foliage, divide clumps with a sharp spade, and discard woody centers. Replant divisions and water well.

Flower Color

white

Foliage Color

deep green

Plant Spread

3'

Good Companions

Other grasses and sun loving perennials

Plant Height

5-6'

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

5-9

Soil Moisture

average and consistent water needs


Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Winter interest. Hot dry site tolerant. Good for dried flowers. Deer resistant. Salt tolerant. Attracts birds.

Bloom Time

late summer

Critter Resistance

deer, rabbits

Exposure

full sun

Growth Rate

slow in spring, but fast during summer

Seasonal Interests

late summer till spring