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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning light'

Common name maiden grass; Chinese silver grass
Family poaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-10)
Flowers pinkish (fall)
Size 4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Among the most graceful ornamental grasses in our garden. Its narrow green-and-silver blades emerge a little earlier than other warm-season grasses, and look wonderful next to our pond. Its neighbor, variegated ribbon grass, has similar coloration, but much coarser blades. Even though ribbon grass is a spreading thug, the maiden grass holds its own.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning light'
maiden grass; Chinese silver grass
The flowers take on a reddish tone in fall...
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning light'
...which fades to a pinkish tan that shimmers in the low afternoon sun...
maiden grass; Chinese silver grass
...and finally turns into a frizzy-fuzzy light tan that persists through the winter.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning light'
Swaying in the late-October wind

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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