Dwarf Maiden Grass, Eulalia, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass 'Adagio'

Miscanthus sinensis

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


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

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:


Washington, Illinois

Elkhart, Indiana

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Madison, Mississippi

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Woodlawn, Tennessee

Elgin, Texas

Merkel, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Tyler, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 1, 2010, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:

A wonderful ornamental grass. I have mine growing in partial shade, probably mostly shade yet it still grows and blooms as well. It does get a few hours of direct sun. It has never self seeded or made new plants on its own, that I have to do by dividing; which I do often because I like this grass. The white stripe in the leaves gives the grass a soft look. It grows about 4 feet high with the flowers a bit higher. It is a very full grass and cascades nicely. Lovely for winter interest and when backlit. A real keeper.


On Dec 13, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Nice plant, beautiful plumes/inflorescence, and nice striping. Got a little taller than I thought it would, so probably not the best choice for a border planting (as I did). Slated to be moved next spring.

Handled the extreme rains we got here this year very well (some of my other new ornamental grass plantings did not), but seems to also tolerate the occasional dry spell once established. So, a good plant for South Texas.


On Apr 24, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

From the tag description ... Silver gray narrow foliage to 4', pink inflorescence in August, turning white. Used as a cut flower.

Late to emerge in spring. Blooms September-October in my garden.