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Little Kitten Dwarf Maiden Grass - Miscanthus sinensis
'Little Kitten' is the most compact Maiden Grass we know of. More details below!

Little Kitten Dwarf Maiden Grass - Miscanthus sinensis

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Little Kitten Dwarf Maiden Grass
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Miscanthus grass variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

'Little Kitten' is the most compact Miscanthus grass we know of. It is a true dwarf that forms weeping mounds to only 18-24 inches in height, making it an ideal selection where larger Miscanthus grasses won't fit. Showy pinkish-red tinged seed heads rise above the foliage in mid to late summer opening to fluffy, silvery-white flower heads that persist through winter. The flowers are great for fresh or dried cut flower arrangements.



Landscape & Garden Uses

A true dwarf growing to only 18-24 inches tall and 2 feet wide, Little Kitten Maiden Grass is an ideal selection as an accent or border in smaller garden spaces and home foundation plantings. Its small size also lends well as a solo or in mixed container gardens or as a centerpiece or background in annual flower beds. In larger landscape spaces it is effective in groupings or massed along a border or on slopes. 

Suggested Spacing:  18-24" apart for mass plantings or solid borders; 5' or more apart for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Miscanthus grasses are easy to grow in a wide range of soils, from sandy to well-drained clay and full to mostly sun (6 hours or more direct sunlight per day). They prefer a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility while establishing themselves, however will tolerate periods of dry soil when established. Constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic, so make sure the planting site is a well-drained one. Maintenance is minimal requiring only an annual pruning before new growth begins to emerge in late winter or very early spring. At this time simply cut plants back to just above the ground.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Miscanthus grasses.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Ornamental Grass
Height at Maturity:  24" with flowers to 30"
Width at Maturity:  2-3'
Spacing:  18-24" apart for mass plantings or solid borders;  5' or more apart for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Dense
Growth Rate:  Moderate 
Flower Color:  Buff/White
Flower Size:  Large plumes on 30" stalks
Flower Type:  Plumes
Flowering Period:  Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Mid-Winter
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, very low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low



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