Spring Garden Tips

Maiden Grass, Silver Grass, Eulalia

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Botanical Name

Miscanthus sinensis

Hardiness

Zones 4 to 9, varies by cultivar

Height

3 to 8 feet

Width

3 to 4 feet

Flowers

Late summer to fall: pale pink to reddish

Fall Color

Gold, reddish, bronze

Light

Full sun

Soil

Well-drained

Planting and Care

Floppy with too much shade.

Transplant in spring.

Cut back in late winter before new growth begins.

Lift and divide every 4 to 5 years when center of plant dies out.

Problems

None serious

Varieties to Consider

Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens - Zone 4, 4-5', orange-red in fall, flowers in August

Gracillimus - 5-7', narrow foliage, bronze flowers in late fall

Strictus - horizontal yellow banding, more upright than Zebrinus, Zone 4

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