Silver feather maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’) is a striking plant with striped foliage and large, feathery plumes of silvery-pink in summer that morph to glowing white seed heads in autumn.
Also known as silberfeder grass, this plant adds beauty and interest to the landscape all year. As an added bonus, it is deer and rabbit resistant.
While silver feather grass plant is a beautiful focal point, it is a versatile, ornamental grass that works well in large beds, or as hedges or privacy screens. Some gardeners like to surround silberfeder grass with tulips and other bulbs that bloom in early spring while the grass is still dormant.
Silver feather maiden grass is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9.
Read on to learn more about growing and caring for silberfeder feather grass plant.
Tips on Silver Feather Grass Care
Provide plenty of growing space. Silberfeder silver feather grass can reach mature heights of 7 to 8 feet (2 to 2.5 m.), and widths of 4 to 6 feet (1 to 2 m.).
Silver feather grass performs best in a sunny spot. This versatile plant is adaptable to most well-drained soil types, and even tolerates clay, sand, and chalk. Silberfeder grass withstands occasional wetness, but not soggy, soil. It is drought-tolerant once established.
Cut silver feather grass back in spring, just before new growth appears. Spring is also the best time to divide a crowded grass plant, or if you want to propagate new plants. The plant should be divided any time it becomes too large or dies out in the center.
Fertilize your silver feather grass plant in spring, using a balanced fertilizer. However, don’t fertilize the first spring when the roots are settling in.
Notes on Silver Feather Maiden Grass Invasiveness and Flammability
It’s important to mention that silver feather maiden grass may be invasive in some areas. In general, it’s well-behaved in the west and midwest, but may be a bully in the northeastern states.
Silberfeder grass may be flammable and shouldn’t be planted too close to buildings.