Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'
- Malepartus Maiden Grass
An early bloomer (well before frost in our area) makes this a great
choice for colder areas. With foliage of more than a meter in height
and blooms at 2 meter tall, 'Malepartus' can be a strong focal point
in a landscape.
Description: warm season*; clump forming
Foliage is green; blade width is 15 mm (5/8"); 125-150 cm (50-60")
Flowers late August until frost; 150-200 cm (60-80")
Ideal conditions: full sun or bright shade; fertile
soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions
Zone: 5-9, possibly colder
(find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)
Suggested uses: specimen, border, screen, hedge, background
plant, massing, by the water, 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: Aster, Rudbeckia, Sedum, Yucca
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
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.
Recommended spacing between plants: 60-100cm (24-40")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Miscanthus (mis-KAN-thus) sinensis
(sin-EN-sis) Malepartus (mal-PAR-tus)
*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 'Malepartus' to our other grasses in this handy chart.