Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande' -
Sarabande Maiden Grass
At first glance many people would see Sarabande as a smaller
version of Miscanthus
'Gracillimus', but upon closer inspection it is not
only shorter, but also has finer foliage and more importantly,
it blooms earlier (mid-August), rather than October for
M. 'Gracilliumus'. It is a perfect choice for areas with
a shorter growing season.
Description: warm season*; clump forming
Foliage is green; blade is .6 cm (1/4") wide; 100-125 cm (40-50")
Flowers August until frost; 125-175 cm (50-70") tall
Ideal conditions: full sun or bright shade; fertile
soil; needs ample water in hot, dry conditions.
Zone: 4 - 9 (find your zone;
further info on plant hardiness)
Suggested uses: specimen, border, screen, hedge, background
plant, massing, by the water, arrangements
When divide: when it shows signs of life in the
spring, continuing until the new growth is about 18" tall; only
in the spring (further info on dividing
When to plant or transplant: plant bare root plants only in late spring to early summer, when the soil is warm, about the same time you plant your bean or corn seeds. The roots will
grow only in warm soil. Planting too early in the spring may cause the
roots to rot. Similar story in the fall when the roots may not grow enough
to establish before the cold and wet of winter, resulting in the demise
of the plant.
When to cut back: we enjoy the foliage of Miscanthus
so much that we like to leave it standing until the new growth starts
to appear, possibly as late as May. We also like the combination of
the tan foliage and spring bulbs. Cut back to about 6" from the
crown of the plant.
Partner with: Aster, Rudbeckia, Sedum, Yucca, Heliopsis
'Summer Sun', Cleome (annual), Eupatorium
Season of interest: July till spring; will likely remain standing all winter
Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth once a week); further info
Recommended spacing between plants: 75-125 cm (30-50")
why such a difference?
Pronunciation: Miscanthus (mis-KAN-thus) sinensis
*a warm season grass likes to grow in warm weather. Before it will
show signs of life in the spring, the soil must warm up, and be warm
for possibly as long as two weeks.
Compare Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande' to our other grasses in this handy chart.