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Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

Phonetic Spelling
miss-KANTH-us sih-NEN-sis MOR-ning LYTE
Description

This plant was introduced in 1976 by the U.S.National Arboretum from a Japanese plant specialist, Masato Yokoi.   'Morning Light' is a somewhat smaller, more fine-textured version of the popular M. s. 'Gracillimus'. Narrow, green leaves with three white stripes, produces a shimmering silver effect. This plant is tolerant of heat and adapts to well-drained moist soils.  Not prone to lodging either in the sun or light shade environment.  The 'Morning Light' rhizomes grow slowly, maintaining a clump shape, however;  in mild weather, this plant may re-seed itself becoming invasive.  Mulching is the best prevention for reseeding problems.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#cpp#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#cpp#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Miscanthus
    Species:
    sinensis
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant. Birds like the seeds
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 6 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ornamental Grass
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Cream/Tan
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Reddish bronze inflorescence in fall; maturing to cream
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    White
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Very narrow green leaves with white variegation on the margins. Foliage has an overall silvery appearance.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Pollution