Chinese silvergrass

Cyperales > Poaceae > Miscanthus sinensis Anderss.
Synonym(s): 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.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Feature(s); closeup throat in September
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Foliage;
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Root(s);
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); October
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Fruit(s);
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); Sevier County, TN.
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Infestation; in November
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Infestation; Infestation along trail
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Infestation; October
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Control; Weedeating miscanthus before it goes to seed
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Resource Management Archive, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Diagram or Graphic; Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. USDA Misc. Publ. No. 200. Washington, DC.
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Diagram or Graphic; Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 1: 113.
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Invasive Reference(s):

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  • Alabama - IPC List
  • Georgia - EPPC list
  • Kentucky - EPPC List
  • Rhode Island - Noxious Weed Law
  • South Carolina - EPPC List
  • Tennessee - EPPC List
  • Texas - Invasive Plant List
  • Virginia - Invasive Alien Plant Species
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List
  • Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest
  • Invasive Plant Atlas of New England


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