|Chinese silvergrass|| USDA PLANTS Symbol: MISI
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Grass or Grasslike
|Miscanthus sinensis Anderss.|
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Taxonomic Rank: Liliopsida: Cyperales: Poaceae
|Synonym(s): Chinese silvergrass, eulalia, Chinese plume grass, zebra grass, eulaliagrass|
|Native Range: Temp. & trop. Asia (GRIN);|
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
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This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.
|U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:|
|Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina)|
Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina & Tennessee)
Rock Creek National Park (Washington, D.C.)