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Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'/Little Kitten Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten' / Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'
A handsome clump of this ornamental grass growing in the Springfield, Missouri Botanical Garden just after their first frost
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A handsome clump of this ornamental grass growing in the Springfield, Missouri Botanical Garden just after their first frost

A handsome clump grass

Close-up view of the flowers and foliage after a frost

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Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'
Common Name: Little Kitten Maiden Grass
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White, Yellow
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: This is an excellent ornamental clump grass which produces narrow leaves and soft and slightly pendulous foliage that turns gold in the fall. The blonde flower spikes are produces a few inches above the foliage and remain through the winter. A good feature of this grass is that it stays relatively dwarf when compared to many of the ornamental grasses. Makes an excellent accent growing in a container and as a single specimen in the garden. As with most of the ornamental grasses cut back the old brown foliage and flower heads in late winter just before new growth begins in the spring. Ornamental grasses are easy to grow provided there is a well drained soil and full sunlight. Most are relatively weak growing in the shade.