Category: Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo Perennials
Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: 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: Brown/Bronze Silver/Gray
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Herbaceous Blue-Green
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)
On Jan 13, 2013, gardenergal17 from Canton (Pro Football HOF City!), 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.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Edgewater, Colorado Mount Prospect, Illinois Palmyra, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Logansport, Indiana Davenport, Iowa Ewing, Kentucky Royal Oak, Michigan Olive Branch, Mississippi Kirksville, Missouri Cayuga Heights, New York Canton, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Ravenna, Ohio Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon North Augusta, South Carolina South Salt Lake, Utah Urbanna, Virginia Vancouver, Washington Cross Lanes, West Virginia Muscoda, Wisconsin