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Miscanthus 'Variegatus'
  • Miscanthus Variegatus is a showy variegated ornamental grass
  • Miscanthus Variegatus makes an ideal hedge and is both deer and drought proof

Miscanthus 'Variegatus'

Handsome variegated maiden grass up to 5' tall for privacy border! Spectacular foliage color!
Item: #MISVA1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $13.99
  • Gracefully arching green and white leaves on sturdy clumps
  • Feathery plumes in late summer
  • Ornamental grasses thrive in heat and drought
  • Year round interest in the back of the border or combine with shrubs
  • Perfect 5' tall privacy hedge
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Miscanthus 'Variegatus' Description

The most striking of all Ornamental grasses for bold color. Each leave is boldly striped white and green making a 5' tall splash of color in the sun perennial garden.

Perfect for creating a 5' tall hedge of color, and provides interest all spring, summer, fall and into winter.

This vigorous grower adapts to all types of soils, and thrives despite heat & humidity. Combines beautifully with KnockOut roses, sedums, and other ornamental grasses.

Special features: Cut flower, Deer resistant, Dried flower, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fall color, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Multi-seasonal interest, Season extender, Winter interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'
  • Common name:
    Maiden grass
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Dry
  • Height x width:
    5' X 4'
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Mid summer
  • Uses:
    Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Specimen
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  • Patent #:None



Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clay.
Light: Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering, and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity.
Water: Medium -- Prefers moist soils, but once established, it's drought tolerant.
Spacing: 3 - 4 ft.
Fertilizing: Small amounts of fertilizer are needed for ornamental grasses. Too much fertilizer will increase the nitrogen level, and that can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer is in the spring, just as growth is resuming. About one -quarter cup, per item, of a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer is enough to take care of the plant needs throughout the entire summer. For best results, make sure you thoroughly water in the fertilizer.
Winterizing: Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest, and to provide protection for the crowns.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter before new shoots appear. Older clumps tend to die in the center, leading to an unattractive shape and appearance. Frequency of division depends on species, soil fertility and exposure, but dividing every third year is a safe rule of thumb for most species. This should be done in late fall or early spring when the plant is dormant. 'Variegatus' is considered to be a medium maintenance plant, because mature plants usually need staking.