Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'
Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

"Maiden grass"

Miscanthus 'Gracillimus'

1 bare root — £5.95

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Known as maiden grass, Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' is a proud and quite stately plant when mature and in flower. At its highest it will be around 120-180cm in height, with a spread of just a little less. A beautiful deciduous grass, it has fine, narrow, arching leaves with distinctive white midribs down the centre. After the first frosts of autumn, these leaves turn an attractive yellow colour, before fading to straw-beige by winter.  

In terms of its flowers, these come late, so will help to extend the season of interest in a mixed border, well into autumn and, if left, throughout winter. Individually, from late summer, the numerous flowers of Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' are small but striking: silky, purple-tinged, and curled, hanging like tassels. These gradually turn into silvery white plumes as the seedheads mature. These seedheads make a useful addition to flower arrangements. 

Ideal for the front or mid-way point in a sunny bed or border, Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' is relatively compact. Therefore, despite its mature size, it is ideal for larger patio pots, too.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' is an old and very popular cultivar, originally found in the lowlands of Japan, Korea, and China.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

  • Flower colour


  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    3 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Miscanthus 'Gracillimus' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Maiden grass" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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