Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder'
- Silver Feather Grass
Description: warm season*; clump forming
Foliage is green; blade width is 2.5 cm (1"); 150-200 cm (60-80")
Flowers August through frost; 200-250 cm (80-100")
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, border, screen, hedge, background
plant, drifts, by the water, 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: Panicum
virgatum 'Squaw', Pennisetum
heufleriana, Macleaya cordata, Rudbeckia maxima
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 'Silberfeder' to our
other grasses in this handy chart.