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Cabaret Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret'

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Cabaret Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Cabaret Maiden Grass

Cabaret Maiden Grass

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cabaret Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Cabaret Maiden Grass foliage

Cabaret Maiden Grass foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Japanese Silver Grass

Ornamental Features

Cabaret Maiden Grass is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The silver seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall to late winter. Its attractive grassy leaves are dark green in color with showy creamy white variegation. The foliage often turns yellow in fall. It features bold plumes of coral-pink flowers rising above the foliage in late summer. The tan stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Cabaret Maiden Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cabaret Maiden Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Cabaret Maiden Grass will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features