Amur silvergrass
Miscanthus sacchariflorus (Maxim.) Franch.


Miscanthus sacchariflorus is a genus of tall perennial grass species that grows to about 8 ft (2.5 m) tall. It is native to parts of Eastern Asia. It is currently grown as an ornamental in North America.
Leaves are about 3 ft (1 m) long by 1 in (2.5 cm) wide with a silver-white midvein and sharp recurving tips.
The inflorescence has soft, white flower heads without awns. It flowers between August and September.
The wind dispersed seeds can spread the plant beyond landscaped areas. It also reproduces vegetatively by rhizomes.
Ecological Threat
M. sacchariflorus can form monocultures in wetter disturbed habitats including marginal croplands, hydro corridors, roadsides, railways and pond edges. it usually does not tolerate full shade but can grow along forest edges and in openings in the forest canopy.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Miscanthus
Subject: Miscanthus sacchariflorus (Maxim.) Franch.


Plants - Grass or Grasslike