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MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Silver Feather'

Image of Miscanthus sinensis 'Silver Feather' ('Silberfeder')

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Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

MISCANTHUS sinensis 'Silver Feather' ('('Silberfeder')')

Plant Common Name

Eulalia, Japanese Silvergrass, Silberfeder Japanese Silvergrass

General Description

The tall, variegated Japanese silvergrass, ‘Silver Feather, is a bold, clump-forming grass that originates from eastern Asia and has a graceful arching habit. Its long slender blades are green with razor thin white midribs and turn a beautiful wheat color in autumn. In the late summer to fall, plants produce tall, upright stems topped with feathery, silvery pink plumes that soften and curl as they dry. These are held well above the foliage and remain attractive throughout winter.

Japanese silvergrass prefers full sun and tolerates a wide range of moderately drained soils. Plants form substantial clumps that should be cut to the ground in the spring and divided every three years. Enjoy ‘Silver Feather’ as a screen plant, in large borders as an accent plant.

Miscanthus sinensis has a tendency to self-sow and can be invasive. To learn more visit: http://www.invasive.org/browse/subject.cfm?sub=3052

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Grass

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Rose, Ivory, Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Ivory, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes