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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'
Pronounced: mis-KANTH-us si-NEN-sis
Sunset zones: 2-24.
USDA zones: 6-9.
Heat zones: 9-1.
Height: 4-6 feet (1-2 m).
Width: 4 feet (1 m).
Coppery flower plumes.
Narrow, curved leaves with white midrib.
Fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
Sow seed in early spring.
Divide when new growth begins.
Cut old stems to the ground in late winter to early spring.
Rainy Side Notes
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' is one of the oldest cultivars of miscanthus. The name miscanthus comes from the Greek word, miskos, meaning a stem,and anthos, meaning a flower. Both words referring to the stalked spikelets.
Its coppery flowers grace the plant in early autumn, adding fall interest. The flowers and foliage fade to a beautiful tan color in winter. Standing six to seven feet high, it adds wonderful winter elements to the garden.
Seed from the parent plant most often comes true. Supplemental watering during our summer drought is advised.
Photographed in author's garden.