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

Miscanthus sinensis

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


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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



Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



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:


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:

Denver, Colorado

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Ewing, Kentucky

Royal Oak, Michigan

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Kirksville, Missouri

Ithaca, New York

Canton, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

North Augusta, South Carolina

Salt Lake City, Utah

Urbanna, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 13, 2013, gardenergal17 from Canton--Football HOF, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have found that this plant does not like relocation. Mine are young, so perhaps that is why, but with a great deal of TLC and mulch, they have survived. I'm looking forward to the 2013 growing season, as these were planted for the purpose of using them for a privacy screen.


On Dec 21, 2011, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Gracillimus does well here, surviving both our winter lows and various dry years. In years in which the months of August and September are seriously dry, fairly serious watering is the way to get the blooming and fall color that Miscanthus can deliver. The second half the summer of 2010 here was exceptionally dry, so many Miscanthus did not bloom much. Gracillimus is famously a late bloomer to begin with.


On Apr 4, 2010, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Looks graceful and beautiful all summer long, however, mine didn't bloom in the fall this past year. I don't know why. Maybe it needs dividing or just isn't hardy enough to bloom here in NE Ohio. It still looks great in the summer though.


On Oct 27, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I added three of these to just below our turnaround in 2001. The grass grows tall in summer but tends to die back down in fall when the graceful flowers take over. I'm not sure why our grass tends to die back - others I've seen along the road stay very tall and green. May be the soil (heavy clay). Provides a nice screen for our turnaround from the road.