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Dwarf Maiden Grass

Dwarf maiden grass is an ornamental grass that makes a real splash in the garden. If given enough room, it forms a beautiful large clump of color, texture and movement.

This grass is easy to care for and asks little in return for a sunny spot. Flowering takes place in late summer and early fall. Foliage turns bronze and gold in the fall. The silky plumes are silvery white in color. They dry nicely for everlasting arrangements.

These fast growing clumps will mature quickly, filling in your landscape. Use ornamental grasses with modern landscaping or in gardens planned to look more natural or wild.

Landscaping Ideas

Dwarf maiden grass provides a showy specimen in the garden. The flowers can be used in cut arrangements or dried. It is perfect for the border or in a wild or woodland garden.

Plant it in a container to place it on the deck. Use this spectacular ornamental grass as a specimen plant or as part of a mixed grouping or mass planting.

The slightest breeze makes the leaves and flower stalks wave, creating a visual delight in the garden. Plant next to water features or along dry streams. Semi-shade is tolerated. Plant anywhere you wish to have a luxurious plant. The foliage turns gold in the fall.

Combine this grass with native flowers like sunflowers, asters and black-eyed Susans. They also work well with spring bulbs. Fern leaf yarrow, purple coneflower and purple fountain grass also make lovely companions for planting. White rock rose and Chinese redbud also pair nicely with dwarf maiden grass.

Planting and Care Tips

Plant it in full sun or partial shade and give it plenty of room to grow for the best results. Water it regularly. In hot weather, water more frequently.

Old foliage can be removed in early spring before new growth begins. Clumps should be divided every two or three years in the early spring. Any pruning that needs to be done can be done at that time of year, also. This plant is deer resistant and tolerates seacoast exposure well.

Grass Information

  • Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima'

  • Best Soil: Moist and well-drained

  • Light Needs: Partial to full sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foliage Color: Green

  • Flower Color: White

  • Bloom Time: Late summer and fall

  • Mature Size: Grows up to 3 or 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide in a clump

  • Watering: Regular watering; more frequently in hot weather

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9

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