With so many varieties of ornamental grasses on the market, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for your site and needs. Here at Gardening Know How, we try our best to make these difficult decisions as easy as possible by providing you with clear, accurate information on a wide array of plant species and varieties. In this article, we will discuss Morning Light ornamental grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’). Let’s learn more about how to grow Morning Light maiden grass.
Morning Light Maiden Ornamental Grass
Native to regions of Japan, China, and Korea, Morning Light maiden grass may be commonly known as Chinese Silvergrass, Japanese Silvergrass, or Eulaliagrass. This maiden grass is noted as a new, improved cultivar of Miscanthus sinensis.
Hardy in U.S. zones 4-9, Morning Light maiden grass blooms later than other Miscanthus varieties, and produces feathery pink-silver plumes in late summer into fall. In autumn, these plumes turn from gray to tan as they set seed and they persist throughout winter, providing seed for birds and other wildlife.
Morning Light ornamental grass gained popularity from its finely textured, arching blades, which give the plant a fountain-like appearance. Each narrow blade has thin white leaf margins, making this grass shimmer in the sunlight or moonlight as the breeze passes through.
The green clumps of Morning Light maiden grass can grow 5-6 feet tall (1.5-2 m.) and 5-10 feet wide (1.5-3 m.). They are spread by seed and rhizomes and can quickly naturalize in a suitable site, which makes them excellent for use as a hedge or border. It can also be a dramatic addition to large containers.
Growing Maiden Grass ‘Morning Light’
Morning Light maiden grass care is minimal. It will tolerate most soil types, from dry and rocky to moist clay. Once established, it has only moderate drought tolerance, so watering in heat and drought should be a regular part of your care regimen. It is tolerant of black walnut and air pollutants.
Morning Light grass prefers to grow in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. Too much shade can cause it to become limp, floppy, and stunted. This maiden grass should be mulched around the base in autumn, but do not cut the grass back until early spring. You can cut the plant back to about 3 inches (7.5 cm.) in early spring before new shoots appear.