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PlantFiles: Silver Banner Grass
Miscanthus sacchariflorus

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sacchariflorus (sak-ar-ee-FLOR-us) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kim_M On Apr 16, 2010, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant has been in the same place for 12 years now. It has never moved. It has never been found growing anywhere other then where it was originally planted. It is beautiful when in full bloom. Oh Yessss it spreads and will get wider over time. But invasive? Just haven't been able to prove that to myself yet. Great ornamental grass!

Negative julie88 On Jun 6, 2008, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Absolutely gorgeous plant...BUT!

I got a small clump of Silver Banner Grass from a neighbor. The first year after transplanting I couldn't wait to see how beautiful it would look in my garden. Second really looked nice. Third year... I neglected it and it grew like crazy.

This is the fourth year. When I realized that it had taken over one end of my garden and was headed towards my prized daylilies it *had* to go!

Let me assure you that while it may sound like a simple task to remove a "little" grass...that was NOT the case. You don't just PULL this *have* to follow every single runner and get them ALL out. Otherwise they just send up new shoots and start the process all over again. How do I know? I know because now I'm pulling out the leftovers (as well as my hair!).

This is one plant that should never be introduced into a small-ish garden space without understanding what it's capable of.

Oh yes...and don't think that it will die off if you don't water it. The part in the description that says it needs moist soil? Well, it grew more than satisfactorily in absolutely dry sandy soil.

Plant this one, as they say, at your own risk!

Negative distantkin On Mar 15, 2008, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Amur silver grass (Miscanthus sacchariflorus) is considered invasive by the Minnesota DNR
"Ecological Threat:

* It invades disturbed sunny to semi-shaded environments, such as road sides, woodland borders, and clearings.
* Although not a severe threat at this time it forms single species stands. It should be monitored and eliminated in the open landscape.
* Silver banner grass is native to eastern Asia and is a popular ornamental grass. It is found primarily in the eastern U.S., but is spreading in Minnesota."

Positive bigcityal On Dec 7, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This grass needs to be given limits to grow or it will slowly sread.

Neutral poppysue On Oct 19, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This grass is an aggressive spreader and is not suitable for smaller gardens. Given plenty of room it can be quite a beauty with it's silvery plumes that reach 7-9 feet tall. It prefers wet soils and is suitable to grow near the edges of ponds and water gardens. Plants grown in drier soils are not as robust and will not spread as rapidly.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Warsaw, Indiana
Westbrook, Maine
Mason, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Vermillion, South Dakota
Menasha, Wisconsin
Muscoda, Wisconsin

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