Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis
Common Name: maiden grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Poales (grass-like)
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 1.5 - 2.0m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Dense, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical, Vase
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Cut flower or foliage, Fall interest, Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Screening, Specimen plant, Tall background, Waterside planting
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Grass-like, Alternate, Basal, Parallel venation, Linear, Serrulate
Flowers: Spikelet, Purple, Pink, Dark-red, Aug-Sep-Oct
Fruit: Grain (caryopsis), Brown, Silver, Oct-Nov, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Arching ornamental grass, for most cultivars, culms 80-200cm tall; leaves linear, most 18-75cm long x 0.5-2cm wide, midrib prominent and whitish, margins usually with tiny sharp teeth; inflorescence panicle-like, 20-35cm long, spikelets in 10 to 40 long spike-like rows 10-30cm long, furry appearance.