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Adagio Maiden Grass

Miscanshi sinensis Adiagio

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Adagio Maiden Grass. Large green grass cluster.

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For those who need a low-maintenance plant but still want some distinctive texture and color, you should add the Adagio maiden grass (Miscanthus Sinensis ‘Adagio’) to your landscape. These dwarf ornamental grasses are known for the hundreds of showy plumes that sit atop the green foliage. Over the seasons, the foliage will have colors ranging from bronze-pink to white. This variety of maiden grass does well mixed into perennial borders or as mass plantings. With all these beautiful features, make sure to add the Adagio maiden grass to your outdoor spaces.

Plant Attributes

You will enjoy the spring’s silvery-green foliage of this grass. By fall, it turns into a bronze-pinkish hue. Towards the end of the summer, the tassel-like blooms transform into a white color. These unique plumes are visible well into the winter. The foliage adds a spectacular backdrop for those colorful and lush plumes. The texture of the silvery-green foliage makes a statement for any outdoor space. As an extra treat in the autumn season, the Adagio maiden grass transitions into red, yellow, and orange shades.

Landscape Use

The Adagio maiden grass works well for several types of landscape uses. You can use the grass in mass plantings or as a single plant. This grass is an excellent accent for mixed beds or gardens. The plant’s medium texture blends well into a garden, and you can balance it out by adding finer plants near this grass variety.

If you are looking for a unique look, then you might want to add the maiden grass to a container. This perennial grass has an upright spreading habit of growth. The unique color and texture can soften those harsh areas in your landscape. You should consider adding this maiden grass to any space that needs to be brightened up.

When adding the Adagio to your landscape, you should know that these plants will grow to five feet tall and four feet wide. For sufficient space to grow, they should be planted five feet apart from each other.

Planting & Care

The Adagio maiden grass will need occasional upkeep and maintenance. This grass thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. In the spring, you will want to clean up the plant before the growing season. This grass does love those areas of full or partial sun. The maiden grass can adapt to most well-draining soils. However, this plant should never be allowed to dry out. It does not need a particular pH or soil type. The Adagio maiden grass can tolerate urban pollution, and it is the perfect plant for those harsh city environments.

The Adagio is a leggy plant that has a clearance of one foot. For an impressive landscape, you will want to pair it with low-growing perennials. It will grow at a medium rate, and you can expect the plant to live for about 20 years. This grass variety is resistant to diseases and pests. If you want a plant to keep away deer and rabbits, this is the best choice for your landscape.

The Adagio maiden grass needs to stay moist for the best results. When it is newly planted, you should water deeply once or twice a week. This watering schedule can help the roots to establish into the soil. After the first year, this variety of grass is exceptionally tolerant of droughts, and it will not need significant amounts of water. However, you will want to water during those periods of extreme heat, especially in the first summer. Fertilizing can be done with a slow-release formula. You will want to apply a balanced fertilizer in the spring to promote growth. Prune back the plant in the late winter or early spring before you see signs of new growth.

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The Adagio maiden grass is a classic example of dwarf ornamental grass. It features silver-green foliage with a graceful arc. In the fall, you can expect to see colors running from burgundy to orange. Those hues will fade to white as winter approaches. Once the plant is established, it is a water hardy grass. You will want to add this beautiful dwarf ornamental grass to your inventory.

At Arbor Valley Nursery, we can help you find the right plants for your landscaping needs. We have a full range of products, including the Adagio maiden grass. When you are ready to purchase this grass variety, please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: miss-KANTH-us sy-NEN-sis
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Average landscape size: Fast growing; forms dense foliage clumps 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
  • Special features: Bird Friendly, Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Fast Growing
  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Late summer through winter
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Rustic, Contemporary
  • Design Ideas: In addition to making a show-stopping specimen, large Miscanthus can anchor the back of a mixed border or be planted en masse as an informal hedge or privacy screen. Miscanthus will grow in dry environments but also tolerates wet conditions, high humidity, and salt so it can be planted successfully at water’s edge near the ocean as well as ponds, lakes, and streams.
  • Companion Plants: Ninebark (Physocarpus); Juniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta)

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