Chinese silver grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'

Chinese silver grass - Miscanthus sinensis  'Malepartus'

Common Name: Chinese silver grass
Genus: Miscanthus
Species: sinensis
Cultivar: 'Malepartus'

The Latin name Miscanthus comes from the Greek for "stalk" or "flower" while sinensis means "from China", indicating the original origin of this plant.

Category: Grasses & Bamboos
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.20 m (220 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, Red
Foliage Colour: Brown, Green, Red, WhiteFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A statuesque grass that will extend the season of interest in a mixed border, this has fine arching leaves with a distinctive white stripe down the centre. Its flowers are spectacular; reddish brown silky feathers that rise upwards from their stems and glow in the evening light. This grass is quick to establish and turns a beautiful reddish-brown in autumn. Use it as a feature plant in a mixed or perennial border.

  • Garden Care: Cut down to the ground in late winter before the new foliage appears.

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