Miscanthus gracillimus maiden grass

Gracillimus Maiden Grass Info – What Is Gracillimus Maiden Grass

What is Gracillimus maiden grass? Native to Korea, Japan and China, Gracillimus maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’) is a tall ornamental grass with narrow, arching leaves that bow gracefully in the breeze. It dazzles as a focal point, in large groupings, as a hedge, or in the back of a flower bed. Interested in growing Gracillimus grass? Read on for tips and information.

Gracillimus Maiden Grass Info

Maiden grass ‘Gracillimus’ displays narrow green leaves with silvery strips running down the center. The leaves turn yellow after the first frost, fading to tan or beige in northern regions, or rich gold or orange in warmer climates.

Reddish-copper or pinkish flowers bloom in fall, turning to silvery or pinkish-white plumes as the seeds mature. The leaves and

plumes continue to provide interest throughout the winter.

Gracillimus maiden grass is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. It’s important to note that this plant reseeds itself generously in mild climates and may become somewhat aggressive in some areas.

How to Grow Gracillimus Maiden Grass

Growing Gracillimus maiden grass isn’t much different than that of any other maiden grass plant. Gracillimus maiden grass grows in nearly any type of well-drained soil. However, it performs best in moist, moderately fertile conditions. Plant Gracillimus maiden grass in full sunlight; it tends to flop over in shade.

Caring for Gracillimus maiden grass is relatively uninvolved. Keep newly planted maiden grass moist until the plant is established. Thereafter, Gracillimus maiden grass is drought tolerant and needs supplemental water only occasionally during hot, dry weather.

Too much fertilizer may weaken the plant and cause it to fall over. Limit feeding to ¼ to ½ cup of general purpose fertilizer before new growth appears in early spring.

To encourage healthy new growth, cut Gracillimus maiden grass down to about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm.) in late winter or before new growth appears in early spring.

Divide Gracillimus maiden grass every three to four years or whenever the center of the plant begins to die back. The best time for this is after spring pruning.

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Gracillimus Maiden Grass fruit

Gracillimus Maiden Grass fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height: 4 feet

Flower Height: 6 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 4a

Other Names: Japanese Silver Grass

Description:

The most popular selection of this species and deservedly so; plants form a graceful upright mound of fine green foliage that stays attractive from summer through winter, when it changes to a light tan; great as a specimen, border, or mass planting

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Ornamental Features

Gracillimus Maiden Grass features dainty plumes of pink flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. The violet seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from mid fall to late winter. Its grassy leaves are green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous tan in the fall. The khaki (brownish-green) stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Gracillimus Maiden Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gracillimus Maiden Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Gracillimus Maiden Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 6 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’

‘Gracillimus’ is an industry standard and has been around for a long time. It is durable with slender wiry blades, upright habit, and nice flower plumes. Reddish bloom appears between October and November.

Miscanthus (Maiden Grass) is a tall, graceful grass with superior winter-long interest, flower plumes, and foliage that stay intact all winter.

Though late to emerge in spring, grasses create a striking vertical accent in the summer garden; their flowers add grace to the fall garden, and in winter, they add more interest than almost any other plant. There are many to choose from in our climate.

Photo courtesy of Walter’s Gardens Inc.

The photo on bottom left shows a variety or cultivar similar to the one above. It may be a different color or slightly different size, but it gives you an idea of what it will look like in a garden or landscape setting.

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Botanical Name Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ Common Name Gracillimus Maiden Grass Bloom Autumn Color Red Family Poaceae Height 36-48″ Hardy to Zone 5 Light Sun Spacing 48″

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Gracillimus Maiden Grass fruit

Gracillimus Maiden Grass fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

Gracillimus Maiden Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height: 4 feet

Flower Height: 6 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: 4a

Other Names: Japanese Silver Grass

Description:

The most popular selection of this species and deservedly so; plants form a graceful upright mound of fine green foliage that stays attractive from summer through winter, when it changes to a light tan; great as a specimen, border, or mass planting

Ornamental Features

Gracillimus Maiden Grass features dainty plumes of pink flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. The violet seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from mid fall to late winter. Its grassy leaves are green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous tan in the fall. The khaki (brownish-green) stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Gracillimus Maiden Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gracillimus Maiden Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Gracillimus Maiden Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 6 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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