Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Common Name: Adagio Maiden Grass  
Plant photo of: Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Water Garden, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Screen, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Bobbie Schwartz
  • Description

  • Notes

A dwarf Maiden grass ideal for small gardens or small spaces. Provides fine texture and graceful form with silver-gray foliage that turns golden in the fall. Billowy stalks stand above the foliage with a nice separation, opening pink and fading to white. Plumes hold on well into the fall. Will tolerate afternoon sun. Generally, Miscanthus are taller than they are wide, this one being up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
Miscanthus grow in full sun to bright shade, though white variegated forms appreciate a little mid-day shade. Provide well drained soils; sandy-loam to clay-loam will do just fine. All Miscanthus should be cut back in late winter to early spring, about the time that spring bulbs are emerging. Cut back to within inches of the ground. Like other ornamental grasses, Miscanthus pairs well with spring flowering bulbs. See Guides for details.