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Maiden Grass Gracillimus

Gracillimus is the classic Maiden Grass with thin, elegant variegated foliage and red blooms. (Miscanthus sinensis)

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Plant - 3.5" pot
Plant - 3.5" pot

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Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 60-96" tall (5-8 feet), 36-60" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Foliage plant all season
Shipping: Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Common Name Maiden Grass
Botanical Name Miscanthus sinensis
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 60-96" tall (5-8 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 36-60" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all season
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Variegated
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Birds, Winter Interest, Dried Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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This old-time classic garden ornamental creates a well-shaped plant of leaves about 4 ft. tall, and flowering stalks that usually reach about seven feet. Coppery red plumes open in mid-autumn, creating a great show in the garden.

About Miscanthus hybrids: Our friend, Jack Scheper, the plant expert who runs Floridata.com, tell us that there are now hundreds of cultivars of this handsome grass. He says What they have in common are a clump forming habit (never forming turf), in which the leaves grow up then cascade out and down like a fountain; foliage that turns various shades of gold or bronze in autumn and holds up well throughout the winter; erect flowers that shine in the summer sun, then turn soft and fluffy in winter, and persist beautifully in dried arrangements; and a preference for sunny positions in the landscape.

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Less than expected


from Pennsylvania

About Me Casual Hobbyist


  • Pest Resistant


  • Slow Growth

Best Uses

  • Border Control

Comments about American Meadows Maiden Grass Gracillimus:

For the price I expected more mature plant. It will take several years before the product reaches the size stated in the product description.

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A lovely grass year round


from Cicero, IL

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Has movement sound
  • Healthy
  • Winter interest


  • Can cut skin

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Maiden Grass Gracillimus:

This is a wonderful grass if you have the space for it. It's movement & sound when the wind blows is wonderful. Just remember to wear gloves and long sleeves when working with or around this grass or you can end up with cuts that are similar to paper cuts. You most likely wouldn't even know you have them until later. I found out that if you don't completely cut down the old dead grass before new growth comes it may not fill in the middle. Instead it will be kind of bare in the middle with all its blades around the outside. This grass looks beautiful in both dried and fresh flower arrangements. It also is beautiful in winter especially when there is snow on the ground, very picturesque. I also find it to be a fairly fast growing grass. What I planted was only tiny tuft of grass and by the following year it was quite substantial (I think). Over all I think if you are looking for a large grass with interest then this is your plant.

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Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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