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Dwarf Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

8 reviews


Dwarf Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

8 reviews

  • Compact size perfect for small gardens or containers
  • Attractive, feathery plumes in late summer and fall
  • Tolerant of a variety of soil types and growing conditions
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Why Dwarf Maiden Grass?

Dwarf Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio') is a beautiful ornamental grass that is mainly chosen for its compact size and feathery plumes. This grass is perfect for small gardens or containers, as it only grows up to 4 feet tall. Dwarf Maiden Grass is also an excellent choice for low-maintenance landscaping, as it is drought-resistant, disease-resistant, and requires minimal pruning. The golden-bronze foliage turns to a copper color in fall, adding interest to the landscape.

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Dwarf Maiden Grass requires full sunlight to grow properly.

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Dwarf Maiden Grass requires regular watering, especially during periods of hot, dry weather. It prefers moist soil, but be cautious not to overwater as it can lead to root rot. Providing adequate drainage and allowing the soil to dry slightly between water

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Dwarf Maiden Grass requires a balanced fertilizer with a N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10 or similar. It should be applied in the spring and early summer to promote healthy growth and flowering. Avoid over-fertilization as it may lead to excessive foliage and reduc

Dwarf Maiden Grass, also known as Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yakushima’, is a versatile, compact form of maiden grass. It has the gorgeous look of other maiden grass, highlighted because of its compact form. 

It flowers at a young age with silver-white blooms that cover the clumps. The flowers remain in the fall, strikingly contrasting with the golden bronze fall color. 

Even as it’s a dwarf, it’s still a big grass that rapidly matures to 3-4 feet tall and wide. It’s perfectly sized for a large or small landscape, front yard, or garden, in mixed plantings, or as a single specimen. 

This grass is also easy to care for. It’s waterwise, great for water gardens or drought-resistant gardens. 

It even grows well in semi-shaded environments, where it grows long and full. It’s also tolerant of urban pollution and aesthetically perfect for small city gardens. Ultimately, its bright golden color makes it fit and stand out nearly anywhere. 

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
USDA Zones: 6-9
Water: Moderate to Low
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Needs: Well Drained
Mature Height: 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread: 3 - 4 feet
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Pollination Info

Pollination Info for Dwarf Maiden Grass

Scientific Name:

Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'

Pollination Method:

Dwarf Maiden Grass is primarily pollinated by the wind (anemophilous pollination).

Flowering Season:

The flowering season of Dwarf Maiden Grass usually begins in late summer or early fall and lasts until early winter.

Flower Characteristics:

Dwarf Maiden Grass produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are arranged in feathery panicles at the ends of the stems. The flowers are usually white or pinkish in color.

Pollen Production:

Dwarf Maiden Grass produces large amounts of lightweight pollen that is easily carried by the wind.


Dwarf Maiden Grass is not self-fertile and requires cross-pollination with other plants in order to produce viable seeds.

Seed Production:

Dwarf Maiden Grass produces seeds that are small, light, and easily dispersed by the wind.

Seed Dispersal:

The seeds of Dwarf Maiden Grass are dispersed by the wind and can travel long distances. They may also stick to clothing or animal fur, facilitating further dispersal.

Importance for Wildlife:

Dwarf Maiden Grass provides habitat and food for a variety of insect species, including butterflies and moths.


Dwarf Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio') FAQ

What is Dwarf Maiden Grass?

Dwarf Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Adagio') is a compact ornamental grass that is commonly used in landscaping and gardening. It is a slow-growing, deciduous grass that can reach a height of three to four feet and a spread of three to four feet when fully grown.

What does Dwarf Maiden Grass look like?

Dwarf Maiden Grass has narrow, green leaves that grow up to three feet long. In the fall, the leaves turn golden yellow, providing a stunning display of fall foliage. The plant produces feathery, pink or white plumes that rise above the foliage in late summer to early fall. The plumes turn into white, cotton-like seed heads in the fall.

How do you plant Dwarf Maiden Grass?

Dwarf Maiden Grass prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. Plant it in the spring or fall, spacing the plants three to four feet apart. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and as deep as the root ball, and backfill with soil. Water the plant thoroughly after planting.

How do you care for Dwarf Maiden Grass?

Dwarf Maiden Grass requires minimal care once established. Water it deeply once a week during dry spells, and fertilize it once a year in the spring with a balanced fertilizer. Cut back the foliage to two to three inches in late winter before new growth starts.

Can Dwarf Maiden Grass be grown in containers?

Yes, Dwarf Maiden Grass can be grown in containers. Select a container that is at least 18 inches in diameter and depth, and fill it with well-draining soil. Place the container in a sunny location and water it deeply once a week. Fertilize it once a year in the spring with a balanced fertilizer.

Does Dwarf Maiden Grass attract wildlife?

Dwarf Maiden Grass provides food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Birds are attracted to the plumes and seeds, and the dense foliage provides cover and nesting sites for birds and small mammals.

Planting & Care

Planting Dwarf Maiden Grass

  1. Choose a location with well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade.
  2. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
  3. Place the plant in the center of the hole and backfill with soil.
  4. Water thoroughly and add a layer of mulch around the base of the plant.

Caring for Dwarf Maiden Grass

  • Water the grass deeply once a week, or more often during hot and dry weather.
  • Fertilize in early spring with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Prune back in late winter or early spring before new growth appears.
  • Divide the plant every 2-3 years to maintain its shape and vigor.
  • Watch for pests and diseases, and treat as necessary.

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Helene O.

Beautiful grass, looks great in my garden.

Emi C.

The website was easy to navigate and ordering the Dwarf Maiden Grass was a breeze.

Danny V.

I received the Dwarf Maiden Grass quickly and it was well-packaged. Only one small damaged leaf.

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