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Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane' (Maiden Grass)

Maiden Grass 'Kleine Fontane', Eulalia 'Kleine Fontane', Chinese Silver Grass 'Kleine Fontane', Japanese Silver Grass 'Kleine Fontane'


Compact and free-flowering, award-winner Maiden Grass 'Kleine Fontane' (Miscanthus sinensis) or 'Little Fountain' in English, is a lovely ornamental grass with attractive, airy plumes which emerge red in mid to late summer and turn shiny silvery-white in the fall. Remaining attractive all winter, they rise well above a graceful foliage of narrow, arching green leaves adorned with white midribs. The leaves turn to eye-catching yellow shades in the fall. Standing out beautifully in the garden and providing wonderful winter interest, you may want to treat this attractive Maiden Grass as a specimen plant. Perfect for small gardens.

  • Deciduous, this perennial grass easily grows in a dense, upright clump up to 4-6 feet tall (120-180 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Preferring full sun in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils, this Maiden Grass is generally pest and disease free! Protect from excessive winter wet. Moderately drought tolerant, it is deer and rabbit resistant!
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Very versatile, it can be used as a graceful accent plant in the garden, massed to create screens or hedges, planted in borders, coastal gardens, city gardens, cottage gardens or prairie plantings.
  • Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear. Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring.
  • The species form of Miscanthus sinensis is invasive in several US states. The invasive potential is of less concern for many of its ornamental cultivars, some of which are sterile. However, as a general rule, do not plant more than one cultivar on your property, and use only a vegetatively propagated cultivar that has shown little or no evidence of self-seeding in your area.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" – 72" (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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