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Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass 'Malepartus'

Miscanthus sinensis

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


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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



Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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 rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Sequim, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 4, 2016, 00264167 from herne bay,
United Kingdom wrote:

Ive grown this for about 5 years and overall i think the rhs were right to not give it the rhs merit award and conclude it was just 'good';
Its ok but doesnt have any particularly outstanding features.

malepartus has a columnar and upright habit, the leaves are reasonably wide and give it a slightly tropical look. Foliage reaches about 4-5 foot high and flowers about 7 foot. It usually has some autumn red colour but not particularly strong and only for a few weeks.

Maleparthus is a slightly above average miscanthus but there are several similar, better ones i would choose over it.


On Aug 13, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Even though M. 'Malepartus' is not well established in my landscape, I am confident that this beautiful ornamental grass will do just fine. Others in my area grow this grass with success and it is a fine addition to any garden or landscape.