Grass, Yaku Jima Dwarf Maiden
Description: 'Yaku Jima' is a clump-forming grass that is native to certain areas of Japan including the Island of Yaku Jima. It typically grows in a clump to 3-4' tall. Leaf blades (to 3/8'' wide) are green and arch gracefully downward. Tiny buffy flowers with red tinges emerge in fluffy panicles above the foliage in August-September. Panicles fade to silver in fall, but remain showy throughout winter. Foliage turns reddish-brown in fall fading to tan over winter. 'Yaku Jima' is sometimes described in commerce as being a dwarf form of Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'.
Common Name: Yaku Jima Dwarf Maiden Grass
Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Yaku Jima'
Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 3-4' foliage height, 4-5' bloom height, 3-4' spread
Foliage Color: Green
Bloom Color: Silver
Bloom Period: August
Landscape Use: Mass Groupings, Wild Gardens, Pond Banks
Soil: Well-Drained, Fertile
Zone: 5 - 7
Growth Rate: Moderate
Companion Plants: Aster, Fescues
Maintenance: Cut back to 6" in early Spring