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Variegated Silver Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

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Variegated Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Variegated Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' in fall

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Variegated Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Japanese Silver Grass

Ornamental Features

Variegated Silver Grass features bold plumes of rose flowers rising above the foliage in late summer. Its attractive grassy leaves are green in color with showy tan variegation. The foliage often turns yellow in fall. The silver seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall to late winter. The tan stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Variegated Silver Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

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.

Variegated Silver Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Variegated Silver Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features