Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass 'Silver Feather'

Miscanthus sinensis

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)


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


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

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:


Mount Prospect, Illinois

Davenport, Iowa

Ithaca, New York

Houston, Texas

Springfield, Virginia

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.