Miscanthus Gracillimus Shrub

Product Description

This long-revered grass, the Miscanthus Gracillimus shrub, has remained a popular staple as an ornamental piece in landscapes due to its graceful green leaves.

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This classically shaped ornamental grass features fine narrow foliage with white midribs and a medium-sized slender form in early spring. In the fall, it shows a bronze autumn color and will withstand harsh winters quite well. Miscanthus sinensis gracillimus grass maintains winter interest with its silvery white foliate during the cold months if left standing.

Sometimes known as Eulalia grass or Japanese silver grass, this clump forming grass with green blades will spread throughout your garden wherever you plant it.

This dwarf maiden grass cultivars tassel-like blossoms appear in fall and feature a brownish color. Perfect for cut foliage in wedding bouquets or wreaths. The narrow foliage, gracefully rounded form, and spectacular fall colors make the Gracillimus miscanthus grass a favorite amongst landscapers and cottage gardens.

Miscanthus Gracillimus Care

This plant does well in full sun to part shade and is easily grown in average medium, well-drained soil. Undoubtedly, this maiden grass is tolerant of a wide range of soils even heavy clay or drained sandy soils.

The Gracillimus is fairly adaptable but will not tolerate excessive winter moisture well. However, it is tolerant of summer heat and humidity and it is also drought tolerant and deer resistant at maturity.

If planted in shade, you may see growth vigorous with decreased flowering and a tendency to have long bloom periods of fine textured grass.

Grow this hardy warm season grass across the United States in USDA growing zones 5-9. The dwarf miscanthus grows up to 4-7 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide. It is commonly seen grown in coastal areas because of its salt tolerance.

Shop our Miscanthus Sinensis Gracillimus for sale. It is very easy to grow! To learn more about the care of this plant read our blog When to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

Botanical Name

Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Brown
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 4-7 ft
Mature Width 3-6 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Winter interest
  • Drought tolerant
  • Attracts birds
  • Deer resistant

Shipping Info

Once your Miscanthus Gracillimus 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 Gracillimus or Maiden Grass 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 Gracillimus 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.

Multiples 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 Maiden Grass, 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. Maralynn

    Growing fast in garden as I type!

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