Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' -
Adagio Maiden Grass
M. 'Adagio' and M.
'Yaku Jima' are very similar plants. They bloom at the
same time and are both prolific bloomers. M. 'Yaku Jima'
is a slightly bigger plant, but the main difference is that
the leaves of M. 'Adagio' are slightly wider than those
of M. 'Yaku Jima'.
M. Yaku Jima is
a virtually identical substitute.
Description: warm season*; clump forming
Foliage is green; blade width is 1 cm (3/8"); 100-125 cm (40-50"')
Flowers mid August until frost; 125-150 cm (50-60")
Ideal conditions: full sun; moist fertile soil; tolerates
a wide range of soil types; moderately drought tolerant; holds up to
wind and snow
Zone: 5 - 9, possibly colder
(find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Suggested uses: specimen, large containers, accent
plant, drifts, border, dried arrangements
When divide: when it shows signs of life in the
spring, continuing until the new growth is about 18" tall; only
in the spring (further info on dividing
When to plant or transplant: plant bare root plants only in
late spring to early summer, when the soil is warm, about the
same time you plant your bean or corn seeds. The roots will grow only
in warm soil. Planting too early in the spring may cause the roots to
rot. Similar story in the fall when the roots may not grow enough to
establish before the cold and wet of winter, resulting in the demise
of the plant.
When to cut back: we enjoy the foliage of Miscanthus
so much that we like to leave it standing until the new growth starts
to appear, possibly as late as May. We also like the combination of
the tan foliage and spring bulbs. Cut back to about 6" from the
crown of the plant.
Partner with: Molinia
purpurea 'Nana', Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco',
Season of interest: July till spring; will likely remain standing all winter
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once a week); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 100-150 cm (40-60")
why such a difference?
Native to: Miscanthus sinensis is native to marshes,
slopes, mountainsides of Eastern Asia and west to Africa. It is a source
for thatching material for temple roofs and homes.
Pronunciation: Miscanthus (mis-KAN-thus) sinensis (sin-EN-sis)
*a warm season grass likes to grow in warm weather. Before it will
show signs of life in the spring, the soil must warm up, and be warm
for possibly as long as two weeks.
Compare Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' to our other
grasses in this handy chart.