Miscanthus Adagio Shrub

Product Description

This Miscanthus Adagio grass cultivar gives the feel of being on the beach watching the waves roll in with its lazy, large leaves and feathery flower plumes! It is also known as Japanese silver grass for its silvery green leaves.

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The Adagio is a dwarf eulalia grass cultivar and is of the most petite of the many Miscanthus grass shrub cultivars. It is a clump-forming ornamental grass that features slender, silvery blades that turn yellow in the fall time.

The Miscanthus Sinensis Adagio plant’s tiny white-pink plumes appear in tassel-like florets above the silver green foliage later in mid to late summer. The bronze pink flower tassels rise above the foliage and gradually fade to creamy white by fall as the seed heads mature. Both the leaves and the blooms last well into winter on this plant.

Adagio Dwarf Maiden Grass Care

The Adagio grass enjoys average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. However, it is tolerant in a wide range of soils, from well-drained sandy soils to heavier clays and fertile moist soils.

If this plant lives in extremely shady areas, it will grow less vigorous with decreased flowering and has a tendency to flop. It’s tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Plus, this shrub is deer resistant so you don’t have to worry about wildlife eating them.

The dwarf maiden grass thrives across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9. It is a warm season grass and is often found in coastal areas because of its salt tolerance.

It keeps its bladed silvery white grass appearance throughout all seasons. If left standing through fall, the grass has fall colors of orange gold and eventually fades to white. Perfect choice if you are looking for winter interest in your landscape or small garden!

The dwarf Miscanthus Adagio maiden grass only grows up to 3-4 feet tall and wide which makes it perfect for mass plantings. Water deeply the first year of planting to get healthy growth started.

The best time to plant miscanthus grass is in early spring so it has the whole growing season to establish. The fine textured Chinese silver grass is easily grown and a delight to the eye. Cut foliage commonly appears in wreaths, bouquets, or flower centerpieces.

To learn more about how to care for your Miscanthus Adagio visit our blog When to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

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Botanical Name

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White, Pink
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 3-4 ft
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Graceful visual appeal
  • Fall color
  • Low maintenance
  • Winter interest

Shipping Info

Once your Miscanthus Adagio Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Miscanthus Adagio does best in full sun and can tolerate part shade. Too much shade will decrease growth. It can tolerate poor soil but grows best in average, medium and well-drained but moist sandy soil. They tolerate heat and humidity well and are drought tolerant once established. Regular water should be given until established.

The Adagio maintains its tight clump shape well naturally and requires very little pruning. Foliage should be cut to just above the ground in late winter, just before spring growth.

The Adagio should be planted 3 to 4 feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Miscanthus Adagio, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Alec B

    I love ornamental grasses! These compliment my collection nicely and have seen new growth :) very pleased

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