Chinese silver grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Chinese silver grass - Miscanthus sinensis  'Gracillimus'

Common Name: Chinese silver grass
Genus: Miscanthus
Species: sinensis
Cultivar: 'Gracillimus'

The Latin name Miscanthus comes from the Greek for "stalk" or "flower" while sinensis means "from China", indicating the original origin of this plant.

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.30 m (130 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown
Foliage Colour: Green, WhiteFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A statuesque grass that will extend the season of interest in a mixed border, this has fine arching leaves with a distinctive white stripe down the centre. It does not flower as reliably as other Miscanthus sinensis cultivars but when it does, it produces striking silky brown flowers that hang like tassels in late summer and last well into autumn.

  • Garden care: Cut down to the ground in late winter before the new foliage appears.


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