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Miscanthus floridulus - (Labill.)Warb.
                 
Common Name Pacific Island silvergrass, Giant Eulalia Grass, Giant Chinese Silver Grass
Family Poaceae or Gramineae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist soils in meadows[200], of lowland Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.

Miscanthus floridulus Pacific Island silvergrass, Giant Eulalia Grass,  Giant Chinese Silver  Grass


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Miscanthus floridulus Pacific Island silvergrass, Giant Eulalia Grass,  Giant Chinese Silver  Grass
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Physical Characteristics
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Miscanthus floridulus is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Hedge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

The unopened flower spikes are edible[105, 177].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Plants can be grown as a screen. Although they die down in the winter they quickly attain their full height each season[200].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Container, Erosion control, Seashore, Specimen, Winter interest. Prefers a deep fertile loamy soil that does not dry out in summer[200] but it also succeeds in any ordinary soil that is not too dry[1, 162], in sun or light shade[200]. Plants can be grown as a focal point in lawns, they also succeed in quite coarse grass[233]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. This species is closely related to M. sacchariflorus[233]. The leaves have saw-toothed edges that can cut the unwary gardener, it is best to wear gloves when working with the plant[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers.
Propagation
Seed - surface sow in spring in a greenhouse and keep moist. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or early autumn[200]. Very easy, large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Miscanthus sacchariflorusAmur Silver Grass00
Miscanthus sinensisEulalia, Chinese silvergrass, Silver Feather, Eulalia Grass, Japanese Silver Grass, Ornamental Grass12
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Elizabeth H.
Dan Jacobson Tue Feb 21 2006
Lots in Taiwan. Hear there are more parts edible.
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