Common Name: Chinese Silver Grass, Eulalia Grass, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Susuki Grass, Porcupine Grass
Latin Name: Miscanthus sinesis Andersson (syn. Eulalia japonica, Miscanthus sinensis f. glaber, Miscanthus sinensis var. gracillimus
Reviewer: James Calkins
File #: MDARA00014MISSIN_1_18_2013
Chinese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis) is a highly variable, clump-forming species that grows between 3 and 7 feet tall. Foliage can be green, bluish, and variegated (green and white, or green and yellow). Chinese silver grass is a popular landscape plant because of its clump-forming habit, interesting foliage and texture, and showy flower heads. Many cultivars have been selected for landscape use. Cold hardiness, and flowering and seed production, varies significantly by cultivar; most cultivars are hardy in USDA Cold Hardiness Zones 5- 9 with some being hardy in Zone 4.
Like other species of miscanthus, Chinese silver grass is tolerant of a variety of soils, but performs best on moist, fertile soils in full sun.
Review Entity | Outcome
NWAC Listing Subcommittee: Add to NWAC Watch list.
Comments: Risk thought to be limited in MN, but not well known at this time.
NWAC Full-group: Added to NWAC Watch List.