Quite compact, Dwarf Maiden Grass 'Yakushima Dwarf' (Miscanthus sinensis) is a remarkable ornamental grass for many reasons. First, its modest size makes it extremely useful in the landscape. Second, its fine-textured foliage, which consists of arching, silvery-green leaves born on short, upright stems, creates an exquisite fountain shape that stands out beautifully and sways gracefully in the slightest breeze, delicately softening any landscapes.
- Blooming in late summer to fall, 'Yakushima Dwarf' displays plume-like panicles of long-lasting, pinky-brown silky spikelets, which delicately change to silvery white as they mature and provide good winter interest.
- Rarely flopping, this striking ornamental grass can be easily grown in a dense, upright 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm), rounded fountain-like clump about 3 ft. wide (90 cm).
- Prefers full sun in average, moist, well-drained soils
- Drought and salt tolerant, it is deer and rabbit resistant, but attracts birds.
- Low maintenance, this mid-sized Grass looks fabulous in prairie style plantings and makes a graceful accent plant in the garden or massed in windswept areas where its foliage may sway in the breeze. Very versatile, it can be used to create screens or hedges, planted in borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, prairie plantings or in containers.
- Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear.
- 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.