Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' Maiden Grass

One of the most popular maiden grasses on the market
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Features to Note


5 - 9

Mature Height

6 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
5 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' (maiden grass) is a deciduous ornamental grass offering year-round interest, blooming late summer to fall. One of the most popular cultivars of Miscanthus sinensis on the market, Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' grows in a dense, fountainlike clump of fine, variegated green blades, highlighted with a silvery white midrib. This elegant, gracefully arching maiden grass maintains its color throughout the season and turns golden yellow in fall. Its feathery, purple-flushed plumes are held aloft on airy stems and turn silvery white in fall, followed by seed heads in winter that attract birds and extend the season of interest.

Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' is an herbaceous perennial plant with a dense, rounded, mounding habit and moderate growth rate. The plant slowly naturalizes by short rhizomes and self-seeds, so it's a great option for naturalized areas and works especially well as erosion control. But Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' makes an excellent specimen, and one plant is all you should need to add drama to a bed, border, or container garden.

Easy to grow and low maintenance, maiden grass prefers a sunny location with moderately fertile, moist, well-draining soil but tolerates poor soils, drought, and salt. It is generally pest and disease free and deer and rabbit resistant. Cut the plant to the ground in late winter.


Genus: Miscanthus
Species: sinensis
Variety: 'Gracillimus'
Item Form: 1-Quart
Category: Grasses, Perennials
Clematis Pruning Groups: Group 3
Bloom Season Start: Late Summer
Bloom Season End: Late Fall
Bloom Color: Purple, Silver
Habit: Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low: 5
USDA Zone High: 9
Uses: Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Ornamental, Winter Interest
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, NY, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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