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Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

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Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

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Botanical Name

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

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Maiden Grass is an eye-catching grass with narrow, upright and arching leaves that reaches 5 feet tall. It grows in dense clumps, never spreading sideways, and in summer tall flower spikes grow up to 8 feet tall, topped with silvery tassels fluttering in the breeze. This ornamental grass is hardy to at least zone 5, and grows in sheltered, well-drained gardens in zone 4 as well. Use it as a lawn specimen, behind smaller flowers and shrubs, or mass planted for screening or filling empty spaces. It grows well in coastal areas, and it is deer and rabbit proof too. Everywhere – from a cottage to a formal garden or a modern town garden – this grass is pleasing to the eye and easy to grow.

  • Dramatic clumps of fine foliage to 5 feet tall
  • Striking plumes of silver tassels to 8 feet tall
  • Powerful vertical accent and striking specimen
  • Easily grown and non-invasive
  • Resistant to drought, salt, deer and rabbits

Maiden Grass grows in any well-drained soil, and thrives under ordinary garden conditions, in hot or cooler areas. Water regularly when newly-planted, but established plants are drought resistant. It thrives in sunny places, or in very light or partial shade, and the only care needed in a once-a-year cutting back to 3-6 inches tall, in spring. New growth will emerge and grow quickly once warmer weather arrives. Transplant only when in growth, in late spring and early summer.