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Miscanthus sinensis 'Silver Feather'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Feather
Additional cultivar information: (aka Silverfeather, Siberfedher)

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

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 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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bigcityal On Oct 5, 2007, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Super duper flowering and winter interest on this grass. Major warning is that this plant will spread with a purpose, every now and then it will send out a new rhizome 3' from the mother plant. I have since confined mine with sheet metal down 14" that is working well.

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

Well, guess I'm in the middle of you two - in zone 5. I purchased several of these two years ago and while slow, it seems to be growing well. I love the graceful flower heads in fall! We use it as as part of a "screen" for our turnaround area. It is growing in clay soil with mulch in full sun.

Positive margaretx On Oct 29, 2003, margaretx from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

How interesting - I'm in USDA Zone 9, and I'm reporting on it as well. Don't you just love these plants? I planted four in September, and have seed heads on two. One looks somewhat shocky but the others are rocking and rolling along. They're about 5-6' without the seed heads. I figure they'll grow for a month or so and then go dormant until February, maybe. I'll report back then.

Positive Sna On Sep 11, 2003, Sna from Fort Frances, ON (Zone 3a) wrote:

I`m in USDA Zone 3a in northwestern Ontario (Canada)

I got this grass two years ago; last year it got one seedhead. This year I am getting close to a dozen. All I did last winter was mulch it with bark and made sure it had sime snow cover. Hopefully it will continue to survive with similar care.


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

Mount Prospect, Illinois
Davenport, Iowa
Ithaca, New York
Houston, Texas
Springfield, Virginia
Menasha, Wisconsin

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