Low Maintenance and Fall Plumes Adorn This Plant
Miscanthus Morning Light Grass is a fine ornamental grass sure to liven up your yard with a carefree aesthetic. It has a big presence and will bring a bit of relaxed tranquility to your outdoor spaces. Best of all, it offers year-round interest.
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' is also known as Chinese Silver Grass, Morning Light Maiden Grass, and Eulalia Grass.
The wispy strands of Morning Light Miscanthus Grass are long and ribbonlike. The bulk of this dense and grassy shrub stands up straight in a fountainlike display, but there are a few frivolous strands of grass that playfully curl and coil around its base.
Individual leaf blades are variegated with deep green centers and whitish-silver edging, giving the plant a somewhat frosted look. Every time the wind blows, this grass captivates the senses.
Maiden Grass Morning Light flowers are fashionably late, arriving in late summer to early fall. The red feathery flowers of Morning Light Miscanthus are carefree and inspire you to be the same way. As they mature, they transition from red to bronze to cream. Finally, they age gracefully and display a silvery-white hue lasting into winter.
Crowning the plant, these plumy flowers stand tall above the grassy foliage below and really show off their beauty at sunrise and sunset when they are backlit by the loving rays of the sun.
Cut flower stalks can be used in home decorating and flower arrangements. The dried flowers of Morning Light last a long time.
Landscaping Miscanthus Morning Light
Large grassy shrubs like Morning Light can really add a lot of personality and appeal to a landscape. Standing tall in the background, they often do well as an accenting backdrop to other smaller plants in the foreground. They can also be used to occupy large empty or hard-to-fill spaces in a garden bed.
Miscanthus Morning Light Care Information
Birds and local wildlife are fond of Morning Light Miscanthus as it provides a dense, grassy habitation. It is resistant to pests, disease, and is drought tolerant. It also resists deer and rabbits.
USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. This grassy shrub does very well along coastal regions as it can tolerate exposure to salt, once established. It also tolerates heat and humidity well. It may be invasive in some regions.
Ornamental Grass Morning Light Miscanthus prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
This grassy shrub prefers variable, evenly moist, well-draining soil. Avoid planting in soggy or waterlogged areas.
Miscanthus Morning Light Size
Morning Light grows to be about 4 to 6 feet tall with a 2 to 4 foot spread and has a moderate growth rate. Space Morning Light Miscanthus 3 to 6 feet apart for a continuous hedge or mass planting.
Morning Light Miscanthus has a lovely, rounded habit of growth and seldom needs pruning. It is a good idea to cut Morning Light Miscanthus to the ground in late winter to allow for fresh new spring growth. Propagation can be accomplished via seed or by division, preferably in spring.
Miscanthus Companion Plants
- Aster (Aster)
- Catmint (Nepeta)
- Cranesbill (Geranium)
- Juniper (Juniperus)
- Potentilla (Potentilla)
Consider Adding Morning Light Miscanthus to Your Garden!
Morning Light does very well as a continuous border and makes an excellent privacy screen. Utilizing Morning Light Miscanthus is a great way to naturalize prairie gardens and prevent erosion on sloped lots. Its delightful character is sure to bring relaxed elegance to your unique landscape!
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Mature Width 2-4 ft
Mature Height 4-6 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9