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Botanical / Common Name
Description
Photo
Melica ciliata 
Hairy Melic
(spring planting) 1 ft., sun, early blooming white flowers, Zone 6-8
Melica ciliata 
Milium effusum 'Aureum’ 
Golden Millet Grass
(spring planting) 18 in., attractive grass for light shade, mildly self-seeds, chartreuse yellow to light green in Summer, Spring blooming, Zone 6-8
Miscanthus 'Giganteus’
Giant Chinese Silver Grass
(spring planting) 8-10 ft. sun, specimen, screen planting, bloom mid-late Oct, attractive until Dec, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus 'Giganteus’
Miscanthus oligostachyus
Small Japanese Silver Grass
(spring planting) 3-4 ft., sun, groups, silver inflorescence, blooms mid-Aug, Zone 4-9
Miscanthus purpurascens
Flame Grass
(spring planting) 4-5 ft., sun, reddish foliage, early bloomer, specimen, groups, blooms July-Aug, Zone 4-9
Miscanthus purpurascens
Miscanthus purpurascens 'Herkules'
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., strong grower, good reddish Fall color, Zone 5-9

Miscanthus sacchariflorus
Japanese Silver Grass
(spring planting) 4-6 ft., sun, waters edge, massing, blooms in Aug, Zone 4-8
Miscanthus sacchariflorus
Miscanthus sacchariflorus 'Robustus’ 
Giant Silver Banner Grass
(spring planting) 5-8 ft., hardier grower than M. sacchariflorus, Zone 4-8
Miscanthus sacchariflorus 'Robustus’ 
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio' (spring planting) 3 ft., pink inflorescence turning white, thin silver gray foliage, Kurt Bluemel introduction, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Allegro' (spring planting) 4-5 ft., very fine foliage, rich blooming, great orange Fall color, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Altweibersommer’
Indian Summer
(spring planting) 6-7 ft., good fall color, blooms Sept.- Oct., Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Andante' (spring planting) 7-8 ft., Kurt Bluemel introduction, attractive pink flowers turning silver, strong mid-season bloomer, best Miscanthus specimen on the market, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Andante'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Arabesque' (spring planting) 4-5 ft., Kurt Bluemel introduction, compact grower, blooms in Aug, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Light' (spring planting) 7-9 ft., Kurt Bluemel introduction, sun, blooms in Sept, hardy variety, survived coldest winter, Zone 4-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Light
Miscanthus sinensis 'Blondo' (spring planting) 6 ft., very hardy, course foliage, creamy white flowers, Zone 4-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Bluetenwunder’
Flower Wonder
(spring planting) Full sun, bright shade, needs ample water, marsh native, 5 ft. tall, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland' (spring planting) 3-4 ft., dwarf form of M. variegatus, colorful, excellent choice for the smaller garden, wide green leaves with white stripes, sun, part shade, specimen, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Emerald Shadow' (spring planting) 7-9 ft., reversion of M. ‘Cosmopolitan’, fresh green foilage, pink inflorescence, strong grower, Zone 7-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Emerald Shadow'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Ferner Osten’
Far East
(spring planting) 4-5 ft., reddish inflorescence, Sept-Oct, compact, strong grower, dark foilage, bright silver midrib, sun, specimen, groups, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo' (spring planting) 5-6 ft., large open pink flowers, blooms Sept-Oct, dark green leaves with pronounced midrib, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Flamingo'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Ghana' (spring planting) 5-6 ft., very upright grower, variety which develops superb coloring in years unaffected by early frost, excellent selection, distinct from other Miscanthus, slow to propagate, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Giraffe' (spring planting) 8 ft., distinct upright growth, variegation forms a yellow band, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold Bar' (spring planting) 4'-5' tall, Deep green base with horizontal gold stripes, burgundy plumes develop in late fall. Tolerant to a wide variety of soil conditions including salty coastal, boggy, and low nutrient soil. Full sun to light shade. Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gold und Silber’
Gold and Silver
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., slender growth habit, golden flowers turning silver, blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Goldfeder’
Gold Feather
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., golden variegated, slow grower, excellent specimen plant, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Goliath' (spring planting) 8-9 ft., massive foliage, pink flowers, blooms in Sept, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus’
Maiden Grass
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., sun, specimen, groups, blooms in October, inflorescence bronze-red turning to silver, decorative in Winter, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus Nana’
Dwarf Maiden Grass
(spring planting) 3-4 ft., sun, miniature form of Maiden Grass, slow to propagate, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella' (spring planting) 5-6 ft., large white flowers, blloms in Aug, slender foliage, one of the best, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Grosse Fontäne’
Large Fontaine

(spring planting) 6-7 ft., fountain-like growth habit, early Aug bloomer, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Grosse Fontäne’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Helga Reich' (spring planting) 5-6 ft., habit of M. 'Gracillimus' but blooms in Sept, silver flowers, fine foiliage, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Juli' (spring planting) 6-7 ft., strong grower, dark pink inflorescence blooming in August, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kaskade'
Cascade
(spring planting) 5-7 ft., large cascading, pinkish inflorescence, one of the best Summer blooming Miscanthus, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kaskade'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kirk Alexander' (spring planting) 3-4 ft., horizontal bands of yellow variegated foliage, more compact than Zebrinus and a more vigorous grower than 'Little Nicky', blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 5
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kirk Alexander'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontäne’
Little Fontaine
(spring planting) 3-4 ft., sun, smaller with continuous developing flowering culms, fountain-like appearance, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontäne’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne’
Little Silver Spider
(spring planting) 3-4 ft., small, upright habit, rich blooming, good for small gardens, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten' (spring planting) 30 in. cream white plumes, 15 in. narrow green foliage, blooms late Summer through Fall, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Nickey' (Hinjo) (spring planting) 3-4 ft., red flowers, dwarf form of M. 'Zebrinus', blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus' (spring planting) 6-7 ft., robust grower, large pink-purple inflorescence turning silver in Aug., good Fall color, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Minuett' (spring planting) 2-3 ft., small graceful Misc., blooms in Sept, introduced by Kurt Bluemel, Zone 6-7
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light’
Silver-Variegated Maiden Grass
‘Morning Light’ is tolerant of summer heat and humidity. It mulitplies slowly in by short rhizomes, and usually retains a tight clump shape. 'Morning Light' tends to keep its upright shape better than some other Miscanthus cultivars and rarely flops. For good winter interest and to provide protection for the crowns, leave the foliage standing until very late winter before new shoots appear. It is a straw-beige by winter but in fall it has tiny reddish-copper flowers that appear in long tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage.  Tassels gradually turn into silvery white plumes as the seeds mature later than most Miscanthus.  Kurt Bluemel, Inc. selection.
  • spring planting
  • Height: 4 to 6 feet
  • Spread: 2.5 to 4 feet
  • Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light
Miscanthus sinensis 'Nippon' (spring planting) 4-5 ft., one of the smallest M. sinensis, excellent in smaller gardens, slender foliage well separated from inflorescence, blooms late June-Fall, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Nippon'
Miscanthus sinensis 'November Sunset' (spring planting) 6-8 ft, Kurt Bluemel selection, very hardy, sun, specimen plant, blooms in Nov, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'November Sunset'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Positano' (spring planting) 6-7 ft., graceful habit, red blooms, good Fall color, blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen’
Little Dot
(spring planting) 4-5 ft., finer than Misc. s. zebrinus, yellow bands of variegation, similar to Strictus, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Rigoletto' (spring planting) 3-4 ft., variegated foliage with white margins, similar to variegatus, but more compact, blooms Sept-Oct, excellent variety for the smaller garden, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Rigoletto'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Roland' (spring planting) 8-9 ft., wide leaf blades tall large pinkish-purple, blooms Aug-Sept, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Roland'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Roterpfeil’
Red Arrow
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., truly a great Miscanthus, red-bronze inflorescence, best red Fall color to date, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Rotsilber’
Red Silver
(spring planting) 3-4 ft., reddish to silver inflorescence, good Fall color, blooms Aug-Sept, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Rotsilber’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande' (spring planting) 5-6 ft., Kurt Bluemel introduction, fine silvery foliage, golden inflorescence in Sept, blooms in Aug, Zone 4-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder’
Silver Feather
(spring planting) 6-8 ft., sun, specimen, groups, good screen, beautiful tall silver inflorescence high above foliage, blooms Aug-Oct, staying attractive into Winter, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberpfeil'
Silver Arrow
(spring planting) 6-7 ft., green and white variegated foliage with reddish plumes, blooms Aug-Sept, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberspinne’
Silver Spider
(spring planting) 5-6 ft., narrow leaves, silvery flowers, graceful plant for the small garden, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberturm’
Silver Tower
(spring planting) 8-10 ft., good green foliage with large silver flowers in Sept-Oct, the tallest M. sinensis, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberturm’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Sioux'
Indian Grass
(spring planting) 4 ft., foliage reddish brown turning to brighter shades in Fall, wide-spreading, slow to propagate, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Sioux'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Sirene' (spring planting) 5-6 ft., rich golden flowers, Aug-Sept, sun, specimen, groups, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus’
Porcupine Grass
(spring planting) 6-8 ft., sun, specimen, groups, blooms in Sept, similar to Zebrinas, more upright growth habit, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine' (spring planting) 6-7 ft., low foliage, slender culms, silvery-white inflorescence in Aug-Sept, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Undine'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus’
Variegated Japanese Silver Grass
(spring planting) 5-7 ft., sun, part shade, specimen, groups, blooms in late Sept, white striped foliage, blooms to a strong reddish color, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Wetterfahne’
Weathervane
(spring planting) 7-8 ft., broad green leaves, plumes pink-red, blooms mid-Summer, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku Jima' (spring planting) 3-4 ft., from lsland of Yaku Jima, sun, specimen, groups, looks like dwarf gracillimus, blooms silver in Aug-Sept, (improved form see M. Adagio), Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku Jima Dwarf' (spring planting) 2-3 ft., compact form, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku Jima Dwarf'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus’
Zebra Grass
(spring planting) 6-8 ft., sun, specimen, groups, blooms reddish in Sept-Oct, light green foilage, has horizontal yellow zebra-like bands, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus’
Miscanthus sinensis 'Zwergzebra' (spring planting) 4-5 ft., red flowers, bold foliage, compact growing M. Zebrinus, blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus transmorissonensis (spring planting) 3-4 ft., sun, resembles compact M. Yaku Jima, earliest blooming Miscanthus, blooms continuously from June-Nov, silver inflorescence, good for the small garden, evergreen until heavy frost, Zone 7-8
Miscanthus transmorissonensis
Miscanthus var. condensatus 
Purple Blooming Japanese Silver Grass
(spring planting) 6-8 ft., sun, specimen, groups, blooms Aug-Sept, more vigorous than M. sinensis, Zone 5-9
Miscanthus var. condensatus 
Miscanthus var. condensatus  'Cabaret’
Variegated Miscanthus
(spring planting) 6-7 ft., most outstanding, sun, broad fresh green leaves with wide cream center stripes, pink flowers, blooms Sept-Oct, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus var. condensatus 'Cabaret’
Miscanthus var. condensatus  'Cosmopolitan' (spring planting) 7-9 ft., sun, very broad foliage, green center with wide cream white margins, statuesque like M. Cabaret, one of the most outstanding Miscanthus, Zone 6-9
Miscanthus var. condensatus 'Cosmopolitan'
Molinia caerulea 'Dauerstrahl’
Continiousl Ray
Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 3 ft. and arching, blooming in July-Aug, Zone 4-8
Molinia caerulea 'Heidebraut’
Bride of the Heath
Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1 ft. foilage with plumes reaching 2-3 ft., upright, Zone 4-8
Molinia caerulea 'Moorflamme’
Moor Flame
Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 2-2.5 ft., stems fanning out from center, Zone 4-8
Molinia caerulea 'Moorhexe’
Witch of the Moor
Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 2-2.5 ft., rich blooming dark flowers, Zone 4-8
Molinia caerulea 'Strahlenquelle’
Source of Ray
Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1.5-2 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 4 ft., bowing under weight of large purple flower heads, Zone 4-8
Molinia caerulea 'Variegata’
Variegated Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1.5-2 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 3-4 ft. and arching, sun, part shade, striped foliage of light yellow, Zone 4-8
Molina litorialis 'Bergfreund’
Friend of the Mountain
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 3 ft. foliage with rich blooming plumes reaching 4-5 ft., Zone 4-8
Molina litorialis 'Bergfreund’
Molinia litorialis 'Fontäne’
Fontaine
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 3-4 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 6 ft., graceful arching culms, golden Fall color, Zone 4-8
Molinia litorialis 'Fontäne
Molinia litorialis 'Karl' Foerster'
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 3 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 6-7 ft. and open, Zone 4-8
Molinia litorialis 'Karl' Foerster'
Molinia litorialis 'Skyracer'
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1-2 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 8-9 ft., Zone 4-8
Molinia litorialis 'Skyracer'
Molinia litorialis 'Staefa'
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 4-5 ft., multiple flower stalks, fine textured infloresence, Zone 4-8
Molinia litorialis 'Transparent'
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1 ft. foliage with large plumes reaching 6-7 ft., graceful arching inflorescence, Zone 4-8
Molinia litorialis 'Transparent'
Molinia litorialis 'Windspiel’
Wind's Game
Tall Purple Moor Grass
(spring planting) 1.5-2 ft. foliage with plumes reaching 6-7 ft., upright slender growth habit, Zone 4-8
Molinia litorialis 'Windspiel’
Muhlenbergia capillaris 
Pink Muhly Grass
(spring planting) 3 ft., dark green foliage with a mass of vibrant pink plumes, native mostly on sandy or rocky soils, Zone 6
Muhlenbergia capillaris 
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