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Miscanthus sacchariflorus
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Plant Type: Grasses

Silver banner grass is a warm-season, spreading grass native to China. It has medium-green leaves about 5⁄8 inch wide and up to 10inches long borne on stout, upright stems. Like many other members of the Miscanthus genus, its leaves are distinguished by a pronounced white midrib. Leaves have the added attraction of turning a reddish-orange color in the fall. In midsummer silver banner grass produces 8- to 10-inch silvery panicles that are held well above the foliage and are effective into the fall. Silver banner grass thrives in full sun in moist-to-wet soil and spreads rapidly by rhizomes to form a dense, upright mass of foliage 48 to 60 inches in height. Because of its affinity for moisture, silver banner grass is excellent for massing along water features and for soil stabilization along stream banks. It is invasive and should not be planted close to desirable species without containment.

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Flower Color

Silver panicles

Foliage Color

Green with white midrib

Plant Spread

Good Companions

Plant Height

48-60 in.

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Characteristics & Attributes


Bloom Time

Late summer/Early fall,

Critter Resistance


Full sun

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