Chinese silvergrass USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: MISI
Miscanthus sinensis Anderss.
Synonym(s): Chinese silvergrass, eulalia, Chinese plume grass, zebra grass, eulaliagrass

Chinese silvergrass is a tall, up to 12 ft. (3.7 m), densely-bunched grass that invades roadsides, forest edges, old fields, and other disturbed areas throughout the United States. The leaves are long (up to 18 in. [45 cm]), slender, and upright-to-arching with sharp tips and rough margins. The midribs are silvery in color. The terminal panicle is fan-shaped, long (2 ft. [0.6 m] in length), and silvery to pink in color. Flowering occurs in late summer. Chinese silvergrass escapes from ornamental plantings and can form large clumps along disturbed areas, displacing native vegetation. The grass is also extremely flammable and increases fire risks of invaded areas. Chinese silvergrass is native to Asia and was introduced into the United States for ornamental purposes during the late 1800s.

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