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

Miscanthus sinensis

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


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


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


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 the rootball

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:

Queen Creek, Arizona

Encinitas, California

San Leandro, California

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Petersburg, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Commerce Township, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Elmwood, Nebraska

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Philomath, Oregon

New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Florence, South Carolina

Vancouver, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 20, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

In the early 1990's when I discovered a few popular cultivars of Eulaliagrass as this white variegated form, I liked them. However, after about 5 years they got too big and began to have parts lodge over. After 5 to 10 years or more years, many do have the center of the clump die out. Many people just let the plants stay with the dead centers.They are so hard to dig up and reset and I had to use a hacksaw to cut the clumps apart. The leaf edges are sharp and can cut one's hand. I stopped using them. In southeast PA I discovered that a few cultivars are escaping cultivation and are invading meadows, looking like sore thumbs in the field.


On Jul 8, 2007, Bluestem from Elmwood, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Variegatus adds a large, graceful fountain shape to the garden. Its overall color from a distance is equally white and green, so it becomes a strong focal point when used in a mixed border, especially at dusk. The plumes add little to the plants form and beauty. My plant is sited in full sun and copes with strong, hot prairie winds without suffering from any crisping or browning.


On Sep 11, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

White margins, green interior. Uniformly rounded, great, silvery white texture for the garden. 5 1/2-6ft tall and about the same width. Trouble free.