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Products > Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' - Morning Light Japanese Silver Grass

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red Brown
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' (Morning Light Japanese Silver Grass) - A very attractive fine-textured ornamental clump-forming grass that grows to 5 feet tall with 1/4 inch wide leaves that have distinct white bands along both leaf margins that give the plant a shimmering look. Full sun is best to bring out its color. Tolerates relatively dry conditions with only infrequent irrigation but looks better when irrigated occasionally to regularly. Hardy to USDA Zone 6-7 (-10 degrees F). This very attractive cultivar is somewhat similar to Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracilimus' but smaller with a creamy-white variegation on the edge and mid-vein. It is thought to have been in cultivation in Japan for over 100 years and was introduced into the US by Dr. John Creesh and Sylvester March in 1976 from the private collection of Dr. Masato Yokoi. The name Miscanthus was given to this genus of perennial grasses native to Japan and the Philippines by the 19th century Swedish botanist Nils Johan Andersson. It comes from the Greek words 'miskos' which means "stem" or "stalk" and 'anthos', meaning "flowers" in reference to the seed heads having stalked spikelets. We received our first plant of this great cultivar from Native Sons Nursery in Arroyo Grande, California in 1990 and first listed it for sale in our 1991 catalog.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Miscanthus 'Morning Light'.