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PlantFiles: Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass
Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatus

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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
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Rickwebb On Jan 20, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

In the early 1990's when I discovered a few popular cultivars of Eulaliagrass as this white variegated form, I liked them. However, after about 5 years they got too big and began to have parts lodge over. After 5 to 10 years or more years, many do have the center of the clump die out. Many people just let the plants stay with the dead centers.They are so hard to dig up and reset and I had to use a hacksaw to cut the clumps apart. The leaf edges are sharp and can cut one's hand. I stopped using them. In southeast PA I discovered that a few cultivars are escaping cultivation and are invading meadows, looking like sore thumbs in the field.

Positive Bluestem On Jul 8, 2007, Bluestem from Elmwood, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Variegatus adds a large, graceful fountain shape to the garden. Its overall color from a distance is equally white and green, so it becomes a strong focal point when used in a mixed border, especially at dusk. The plumes add little to the plants form and beauty. My plant is sited in full sun and copes with strong, hot prairie winds without suffering from any crisping or browning.

Positive aking1a On Sep 11, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

White margins, green interior. Uniformly rounded, great, silvery white texture for the garden. 5 1/2-6ft tall and about the same width. Trouble free.


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

Queen Creek, Arizona
Encinitas, California
San Leandro, California
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Petersburg, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Commerce Township, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Elmwood, Nebraska
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Philomath, Oregon
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Florence, South Carolina
Vancouver, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia

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