Miscanthus Sinensis Kleine Silberspinne, also known as Eulalia Kleine Silberspine, is a deciduous, ornamental grass. Best known for its compact size and highly decorative features, this variety of Maiden Grass is also an early bloomer.
The blade-like, narrow leaves with white midriffs form a stunning fountain shape. Starting as green, the foliage turns to warm copper and reddish shades in the fall. The feathery flowers, commonly known as plumes, emerge red-tinged in late summer, almost a whole season earlier than most Miscanthus varieties. In autumn, the plumes turn to brown, complementing the warm tones of foliage and creating a stunning autumnal display in your garden. Unlike its name (Kleine Silberspinne means Little Silver Spider), this ornamental grass will add soft, warm colours to your garden.
Kleine Silberspine prefers medium fertile, moist but well-drained soil regardless of its type, and a warm, sunny spot to thrive in. It is also drought and salt tolerant when mature, making it a great choice for coastal gardens. Tough and sturdy, Miscanthus Sinensis Kleine Silberspinne can survive even if the temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero, and it is fully hardy in Britain and Ireland. Considering that this ornamental grass is also pest and disease free, it does not come as a surprise that it has an Award Of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.
Easy to grow and to care for, Eulalia Kleine Silberspine is one of the rare Maiden Grass varieties that stays compact as it develops. It usually grows to be no higher than 1.2 metres, and up to 50 centimetres wide. Its modest size lends itself well to many different types of gardens and landscapes, making this versatile grass a popular choice with gardeners.
Providing texture and an air of grace and sophistication to the garden, Miscanthus Sinensis Kleine Silberspinne is equally stunning when planted en masse or on its own. Use this cultivar for accenting flower beds or borders, or for creating finely textured screens. This particular variety of Eulalia is suitable for growing in containers, meaning it can be used to add interest to patios, balconies or sunny roof terraces.
If you are looking for more plants that offer texture and bring architectural structure to the garden, take a look at ornamental grasses.