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Miscanthus sinensis Weathervane

Maiden Grass, Eulalia

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Plant Code: MIWV

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The lush pink-red plumes of our ‘Weathervane’ sway gracefully to indicate wind direction. Broad foliage forms elegant vase-shaped plants for remarkable architectural interest. Tassel-like plumes are spectacular in cut or dried bouquets.

Foliage and flower plumes provide visual interest in the off season. Miscanthus is equally pleasing as a specimen or planted en masse as a screen. Northern gardeners can achieve the look of Pampas Grass (too tender for the north) with Miscanthus. M. Weathervane is from Kurt Bluemel of Maryland, renowned for his breeding program of ornamental grasses.


Type: Perennials, Grasses
Height: Tall 7-8' (9' in flower)
Spacing: Plant 3-4' apart
Bloom Time: Early Fall to Late Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy, Clay
Flower: Not Applicable
Accent: Not Applicable
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant
  • Winter Interest

Miscanthus General Information

Miscanthus are the royalty of the grass kingdom with billowy texture, silky tassels, many different heights and colorations and great winter interest. Seeds are carried by a feathery plume above the plant. Pleasing sound when rustling in the wind. Deer resistant. Good for hot dry spots, also dries easily. Ornamental grasses are restricted from Oregon.

Miscanthus Plant Care

Cut foliage back in late winter before new shoots appear. Divide in late spring when needed. Shear back foliage, divide clumps with a sharp spade and discard woody centers. Replant divisions and water well. May self sow for our Southern gardeners. Cut off plumes to prevent seeding. Benefits from a well-drained winter site.