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Maiden Grass

Maiden grass is a tall ornamental grass that forms an elegant clump. Its vase like shape adds height and movement in the garden.





Its bright green color makes an excellent backdrop to roses or any other flowering plant. This warm season grass is beautiful near water or anywhere you want some vertical interest.

One of the oldest cultivars of Miscanthus, its name means "stem flower." The cultivar name means "graceful." The copper flowers bloom in early fall, adding some interesting color to the garden.

As the foliage and flowers fade to tan, the graceful plant continues to add movement and interest throughout the winter.

Planting Ideas

Maiden grass can be used near ponds or water features. The reflection of this graceful plant only doubles its value. This ornamental grass attracts birds and butterflies to the garden.

The graceful leaves and blooms can be added to cut arrangements. This grass makes a terrific backdrop for dark colored flowers and plants.

As a focal point, this graceful grass is stunning. The texture is a nice contrast with broad leafed shrubs. It looks perfect in wild or natural gardens. It is tall enough you can use it as an informal screen.

Planting And Care Tips

Maiden grass is pretty easy to care for. It is adaptable to many conditions but does best in moist, well drained soil in a sunny spot. It does not like wet winters. Be sure and give this plant enough room to grow to its potential.

Pruning can be done in early spring. Leave the dried foliage standing all winter. It not only looks interesting, it protects the crown of the plant from the cold. During heavy snows, the clump will collapse or flop, so some support is helpful.

Cut the plant all the way back to the ground before new growth begins.

Maiden grass can be sown from seed in the spring or by dividing clumps. Clumps should be divided every two or three years. This grass withstands the heat and humidity of the summer very well.

This grass is deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. It withstands coastal weather very well. There are no serious threats to this plant from insects or disease.

Grass Information

  • Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained

  • Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Invasive in some situations; grows fast

  • Foliage Color: Variegated

  • Flower Color: Copper

  • Bloom Time: Fall

  • Mature Size: Grows 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide in a clump

  • Watering: Medium

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9





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