Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'
eulalia 'Kleine Silberspinne'


The plant known as Maiden Grass 'Kleine Silberspinne' boasts a striking appearance. It showcases slender, upright-to-arching green leaves that have a fine texture, creating an elegant and graceful form. These leaves also exhibit a prominent silver midrib, adding a subtle variegation effect. When the light catches the foliage just right, the silver tones become more pronounced, giving the plant a shimmery appeal. As the seasons progress, the foliage may transition through various shades, often taking on attractive copper, orange, or red tones in the fall. This multi-season interest adds value to the Maiden Grass 'Kleine Silberspinne,' providing dynamic changes in the garden. One of the signature features of this plant is its distinctive flowers. Plume-like flower panicles appear above the foliage from late summer to fall, starting out with a reddish color before fading to a soft silver-white as they mature. These fluffy, feathery blooms catch the breeze and add a delicate texture and motion to the landscape. Overall, the Maiden Grass 'Kleine Silberspinne' has a clumping habit, with its leaves and flowers forming a rounded, fountain-like silhouette. The plant's color palette—greens, silvers, and autumnal hues—along with its fine leaves and airy flowers, contributes to its popularity as an ornamental grass in various garden settings.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Chinese Silver Grass, Maiden Grass, Eulalia, Zebra Grass, Porcupine Grass, Japanese Silver Grass

    • Common names

      Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Miscanthus sinensis, commonly known as Maiden Grass, is not known to be toxic to humans. There are no common symptoms associated with poisoning from this plant, as it is generally considered safe with respect to human ingestion.

    • To pets

      Maiden Grass is not typically poisonous to pets either. There are no well-documented cases of toxicity in animals like cats and dogs from the ingestion of this plant. Therefore, it is not known to cause any specific symptoms of poisoning in pets. However, as with any non-food plant, ingestion can potentially lead to gastrointestinal discomfort or other non-toxic reactions.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Adds aesthetic appeal to gardens with its fine-textured silver-green foliage and feathery flower plumes.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it requires minimal watering, making it suitable for xeriscaping or drought-prone areas.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires little care beyond occasional cutting back, making it easy to care for.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides visual interest throughout the year, with changing colors and textures in different seasons.
    • Privacy Screen: Can be used to create a natural screen or hedge, offering privacy and reducing noise pollution.
    • Erosion Control: Its dense root system helps to stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes or banks.
    • Adaptable Growth: Tolerates a variety of soil types and grows well in full sun to partial shade environments.
    • Habitat Support: Offers shelter and food to birds and small wildlife, enhancing local biodiversity.
    • Winter Interest: Stems and seed heads provide visual appeal even in winter, adding structure to the garden when other plants have died back.
    • Renewable Biomass: Can be used as a source of renewable energy or for biofuel production.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As material for weaving: The dry leaves of Miscanthus sinensis can be used in weaving projects to create mats or baskets, offering a sustainable alternative to plastic or less renewable resources.
    • Sound insulation: The dense growth habit of Miscanthus sinensis can help absorb sound, making it a good choice for planting along roads or in urban areas where noise reduction is desired.
    • Erosion control: With its robust root system, Miscanthus sinensis can stabilize soil on slopes and banks, preventing erosion caused by wind and rain.
    • Bioenergy crop: Miscanthus sinensis is being researched as a source of biomass for bioenergy production due to its high yield and low input requirements.
    • Thatching material: The long, durable stalks of Miscanthus sinensis can be used as thatching material for roofs on traditional and eco-friendly buildings.
    • Privacy screens: Growing Miscanthus sinensis in a row can provide a natural, tall screen that adds privacy to gardens and outdoor spaces.
    • Windbreaks: Planting Miscanthus sinensis in strategic locations can protect more vulnerable plants from wind damage and reduce wind speed on agricultural lands.
    • Garden sculpture: Dried Miscanthus sinensis stems can be arranged into artistic forms, creating natural sculptures that enhance the aesthetics of garden landscapes.
    • Wildlife habitat: The dense foliage and tall growth of Miscanthus sinensis offer shelter and nesting materials for birds and other wildlife.
    • Seasonal decoration: The silver feathery plumes of Miscanthus sinensis are often used in autumn and winter floral arrangements, wreaths, and as holiday decor.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Miscanthus, also known as Maiden Grass, can be used in Feng Shui to introduce a sense of movement and growth to a garden, enhancing the flow of Chi and creating a balance between the Yin (soft, slow, passive) and Yang (hard, fast, active) energies, especially when placed in the East (health and family) or Southeast (wealth and abundance) areas of a space.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Maiden Grass is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience and Adaptability: Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne', commonly known as Chinese Silver Grass or simply Miscanthus, symbolizes resilience due to its ability to thrive in a variety of conditions and climates.
    • Elegance and Beauty: With its slender form and feathery plumes, Miscanthus represents elegance and beauty, making it a popular choice in ornamental gardens.
    • Privacy and Boundaries: Often used as a living screen, Miscanthus signifies the need for privacy and setting boundaries, as it grows tall and dense.
    • Growth and Longevity: The plant is known for its fast growth and perennial nature, symbolizing growth and longevity in one's life or endeavors.
    • Flexibility: The reed-like stems of Miscanthus can bend without breaking, symbolizing flexibility and the ability to adapt to life's challenges without losing one's integrity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Late spring
  • water dropWater

    The Maiden Grass should be watered deeply, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. During the first growing season, establish a good root system with regular watering, about once a week providing about 1 inch of water. Once established, it is fairly drought-tolerant and may only need extra watering during prolonged dry spells. The frequency may change with seasonal weather variations, with less water needed during rainy periods and more in times of drought. Avoid overwatering, as this plant prefers well-draining soil and does not do well with waterlogged roots.

  • sunLight

    Maiden Grass thrives in full sun conditions, requiring a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal growth and flowering. The best spot for the plant is an open area that receives unfiltered sunlight, although it can tolerate some light shade. The more sun it gets, the better it will perform in terms of growth and the development of its characteristic silvery plumes.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Maiden Grass is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, thriving in conditions between 5°F and 86°F. However, it grows best in temperatures that consistently stay above 40°F. It can withstand short periods of colder weather down to -20°F, but it's ideal for the plant to be situated where the temperature does not frequently drop below this threshold.

  • scissorsPruning

    Maiden Grass should be pruned back in late winter or early spring before new shoots emerge, cutting it down to about 4 to 6 inches above ground level. This annual pruning encourages healthy new growth and maintains the plant's shape. It also prevents self-seeding and keeps the grass from becoming too dense, which can impact the overall health of the clump.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne') is well-drained, fertile soil with a pH ranging from slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5 to 7.0). A mix containing loam, compost, and sand can provide the necessary drainage and nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Maiden Grass does not typically require frequent repotting as it is mostly grown as an outdoor ornamental grass. However, if grown in containers, repot every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its pot.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Maiden Grass prefers average humidity conditions outdoor and does not require specific humidity adjustments. It is quite adaptable to various atmospheric humidity levels.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide full light and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne', commonly known as Maiden Grass, begins with seed germination, which typically occurs in spring when the soil temperature rises consistently above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. After germination, the plant enters a rapid vegetative growth phase, developing long, narrow foliage and forming a dense clump as the roots establish. During summer, Maiden Grass continues to grow, producing taller stems and preparing to flower. By late summer to early fall, it reaches the reproductive stage, displaying feathery panicles of silvery to pale pink flowers which can persist into winter, adding ornamental interest. As temperatures drop in late fall, the plant enters senescence, where the foliage turns a coppery-brown, and the plant becomes dormant. In spring, new growth will emerge from the base as the cycle restarts, with last year's growth commonly being cut back to allow for fresh shoots.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late spring

    • The Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Silberspinne', commonly known as the Maiden Grass, is propagated most successfully through division. The ideal time for dividing this ornamental grass is in the late winter to early spring before new growth begins. To propagate by division, carefully dig up an established clump and use a sharp shovel or knife to divide the root mass into smaller sections, each with several shoots and a healthy portion of roots. These sections can then be immediately replanted in a well-prepared garden soil, ensuring that they're placed at the same depth they were growing at before. Dividing Maiden Grass helps to rejuvenate older clumps that may have become woody or less vigorous in the center, encouraging more robust growth and maintaining the plant's attractive appearance.