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

Miscanthus sinensis

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Cosmopolitan
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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

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:

Greenville, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Salem, Oregon

Sumter, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Urbanna, Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 18, 2005, JoniJumpUp from Grand Rapids, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have a seven year old plant that I have divided a couple of times. Seems to do very well in my zone 5a. It grows quite tall now in full sun. I liked it a bit better, as a smaller plant, when it was shaded quite a bit by a big tree that I had to cut down due to ice storm damage. The variegated foliage is a treat all summer, and the seed heads last all winter.

Update Nov 2011. I got this plant in 1998. It is a vigorous grower. I have divided it a number of times, given clumps away, and this year have divided some of them again to give away. I would not call it invasive, but it is a strong grower, and in most settings I imagine it would need to be divided every few years and due to the woody roots it takes a lot of muscle to divide, preferably with an ax.