Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

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Buy Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' silver grass: Slender emerald green blades have narrow cream margains

This grass dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: open sunny position
  • Soil: moderately-fertile, moist but well-drained
  • Rate of growth: average.
  • Flowering period: October to November
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Miscanthus is a species of perennial, clump-forming grasses that do not have invasive spreading rhizomes, so are easily contained within gardens of all sizes. Although they are hardy, many of them will not flower in cooler European summers, however this one (a sport of Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus') is a particularly elegant and versatile form. Its slender green blades have narrow cream margins, and they arch gently at their tips to create a fountain-like effect. In warm summers, you will also be rewarded with reddish brown flowers that open in October and endure through the winter.

  • Garden care: Leave top growth standing through winter. Cut back to ground level late February as new shoots appear within the crown.

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Beautiful under the right conditions


I've had this grass now at two properties with varying results both in the north of Scotland. It grew beautifully at our country property on clay and actually exceeded 5 feet in height by the second season. It was very robust and just beautiful. Based on that result I planted several more in my new seaside village garden which has very sandy soil (lots of compost was added) and it has not grown nearly as well reaching maybe 3 to 3 1/2 feet each season and took at least 2 years to look like anything. Still would have it again though.

Canadian Gardening in Scotland

Findochty, Scotland


Has established well.


I purchased this some time ago, but it has established well and survived ranging weather conditions.




Glorious arching grass


Looks great as a centre piece in pots. Mine are still young but look gorgeous already. I'm looking forward to them filling out and showing a lot of arching.




Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light

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Miscanthus not flowering Afernoon, I bought a grass from you about 3 or 4 years back. It is a Miscanthus sacchariflorus. It has thrived well, is green and lush, but to date, it hasn't flowered. Am I doing anything wrong? Are you able to give me some advice please? I must add that I have bought a number of plants from you since you set up your web site and have been delighted with them all. The quality of each plant is excellent, as is the packaging and delivery. Regards Marion


Hello Marion, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your Miscanthus has not produced flowers, but you can often give them a bit of a push by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. Best regards and thanks for the positive feedback. Helen Plant Doctor

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Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' hedge? Hi, Having seen a stunning display of the Cotinus planted with a band of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' in front of it, at the National Garden of Wales recently, I would like to try and reproduce the effect of the silver against the purple background. My problem however is space. I am in the process of providing a new bed which is approximately 6 feet long by 3 feet wide. Although you quote the Cotinus as growing to about 5m x 5m, you also suggest pruning it hard back to the base each year. If I prune annually as suggested, would it be possible to retain it to say a 1 - 1.5 m high bush, allowing the Miscanthus to be planted in front, thus forming a contrasting foil when viewed from both patio and lawn. If this is not considered viable, can you suggest another purple / dark red or similar bush that would provide a similar effect. Many thanks, Brian.

Brian Boon

Hello Brian, Cotinus is a pretty big shrub, but if you cut it back to within 2 or 3 buds from the base each year in early spring, then it shouldnt get too muchh higher than 1.5m. Alternatively you could opt for one of the purple leaved Berberis - just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.berberis/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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