Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
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Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Chinese silver grass
Japanese silver grass
maiden grass

  family gramineae 
  genus miscanthus 

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Genus  Miscanthus Species  sinensis Variety  Cultivar  Gracillimus Common names  Chinese silver grass   Japanese silver grass   eulalia   maiden grass Family  GRAMINEAE Specimen number  S11464 Data source  HtZn p142;Xeri p295
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Grass Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6' - 8' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' has an attractive autumn display of leaves. Maiden grass (also known as Japanese silver grass, Chinese silver grass or eulalia) can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. It needs soil that is moist. This is an ornamental grass appropriate for gardens.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  yes Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' is a perennial. Leaves: Maiden grass (locally known in some parts as Japanese silver grass, Chinese silver grass or eulalia) has variegated leaves. This plant has arching leaves with white central stripe along vein. Flowers: This species has fan shaped plumes. The blossoms are most often a buff color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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