Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Chinese Silver Grass

(2 customer reviews)

A gorgeous deciduous fountain of narrow green leaves trimmed in white, with dusky pink flower panicles in Autumn. The compact upright form makes it ideal for gardens of all sizes, where it will be a no fuss hardy plant for a bright spot with good drainage.

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Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea
Genus: Miscanthus
Species / Cultivar: sinensis var. 'Morning Light'
Common Name: Chinese Silver Grass

Plant Biography

Originating in East Asia, China, Korea and Japan, the Miscanthus sinensis is a dense clump forming grass that has attracted the attention of gardeners world wide due to its unusual appearance.

Compared to other grasses, the Chinese silver grass is suitable for most types of soil and will thrive in most conditions.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.0 - 2.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.2 - 0.7m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Miscanthus is a perennial grass species that forms clumps and lacks invasive spreading rhizomes, making it suitable for gardens of any size.

While many Miscanthus varieties do not flower in cooler European summers, this specific cultivar, a variation of Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus,’ stands out for its elegance and versatility.

Its slender green blades feature delicate cream margins and gracefully arch at the tips, creating a fountain-like effect. In warmer summers, it additionally produces reddish-brown flowers that bloom in October and last throughout the winter, providing an extra reward.

Feeding the grasses

Grasses, in general, have really low requirements for fertilisers. They can thrive in any soil, as long as it’s well drained.

For a thriving garden, a high nitrogen, slow release fertiliser is encouraged. Feed with slow release bamboo fertiliser twice a year to encourage strong healthy plants.

2 customer reviews for Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Only very small now, but I am sure it will look lovely when fully grown

Jane Romyn

So disappointed when this finally arrived – a couple of sticks in a pot. I really hope it grows to what is shown in the photo on your site.