Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ (Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Japanese Silver Grass)

This variegated grass grows to considerable height in full sun, sometimes to 2.7 meters (9 feet) tall. It features a notifeable white stripe on every leaf. The flowers are tassle-like, occur in autumn, and give way to silvery seeds on plumes.

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ (Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Japanese Silver Grass)
Deciduous: yes
Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Height: 1.5-2.7 meters (5-9 feet) tall
Diameter: 1.2-1.5 meters (4-5 feet) wide
Growth Rate: initially slow, fast during mid to late summer
Age: perennial
Root System: clump-like, crown
Family: Poaceae
Subspecies: ‘Variegatus’

Tolerates: drought, dry soil, poor soils, erosion, urban pollution, black walnut (Juglans genus) toxins (juglones), intense heat and humidity
Problems (major): Miscanthus blight and miscanthus mealybug in certain regions
Problems (minor): Larger plants tend to require staking.
Poisonous: no

Soil requirements: prefers moist, “average”, well-drained soils
Air requirements: tolerates poor air quality
Watering requirement: prefers moderate, accepts somewhat low amounts of watering
Sun requirement: full sun to part-shade

Leaf shape: sword to strap shaped, lanceolate, arching, light green with a light yellow-white band in the center, alternate, turns tan upon death in winter
Leaf size: up to 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall by 5 centimeters (2 inches) wide
Flower structure: red flowers occur on tassle-like inflorscences sometimes to 2.7 meters (9 feet) tall, give rise to silvery seeds on long plumes
Flowering frequency: September until frost
Subterranean storage organ: crown
Monocot/Dicot: monocot
Annual/Biennial/Perennial: perennial

Notable characteristics:
The variegated foliage arches dramatically and sways with almost any breeze.

These serve as attractive specimens and screens. However, larger plants should be staked a the foliag tends to droop quite dramatically. The blades should remain throughout winter to protect the crown and roots. In March or April, trim the foliage down to about 1 meter (3 feet) tall and allow new growth to emerge.
Sources used:

Miscanthus_sinensis_1 Foliage and flowers

Miscanthus_sinensis_2 Variegated foliage

Miscanthus_sinensis_3 The tassle-like inflorescence

All of the images provided were taken by me. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that this article/online journal is appropriately cited first.



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2 responses to “Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ (Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Japanese Silver Grass)

  1. Sandra

    I wanted to buy these miscanthus but was questioning its a good idea 3 ft from the pool. Will the flowers or part of them fall into the pool??

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