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Miscanthus x giganteus - Elephant Grass - Rhizomes

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Miscanthus giganteus - Elephant Grass
4 rhizomes

Shipped in February only

(Additional shipping costs if 2 separate shipments)

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  • Poaceae Poales
  • Asia
  • H 4 m x L 1 m
  •  Z4 
  • Perennial
  • non-sucker, not invasive
  • Synonym : Giant Miscanthus, Giant Eulalia, Elephant grass, Miscanthus giganteus
  • 4 rhizomes shipped in February only
    ( you can order all year round when quantities are available )



Miscanthus x giganteus is a sterile triploid hybrid resulting from a natural crossing between Miscanthus sinensis (diploid) and Miscanthus sacchariflorus (tetraploid)

Good to Know


Elephant Grass is a remarkable ornamental grass, used to quickly produce hedges of 3 to 4 m in height that will become dense and impenetrable after a few years, or in isolated clumps in the center of an open space

Giant Miscanthus is not invasive : Unlike Bamboo, it does not sucker, and it does not spread by seeds like Cortaderia selloana (Pampas Grass) since it is sterile
It will stay where you planted it

The clumps can remain in place for up to 25 years without requiring regeneration

The juice of the young shoot has medicinal properties: anticoagulants, diuretics, and antipyretic

The leaves and Inflorescences of Giant Miscanthus can be used as a fast yellow dye

Since the plant traps atmospheric carbon very efficiently (C4 photosynthesis), it is used as a source of biomass and cultivated on an industrial scale to produce biofuel

Regarding frequent Customer requests for Miscanthus X giganteus Seeds

Miscanthus X giganteus is sterile: It makes flowers but does not produce fertile seeds due to its triploidy

Therefore, no one should sell Miscanthus X giganteus seeds

However, you will find in our Catalogue Miscanthus sinensis seeds
(non-triploid species that produces fertile seeds)



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Z4 etc.

Plant the rhizomes of Miscanthus x giganteus in February and March 20-30 cm apart and 5-10 cm deep, horizontaly with their roots downward, in a well prepared ground at full sun exposure

Young shoots will emerge by the end of april-beginning of may

Water regularly if the soil gets dry the first few months and during summer on the planting year

Established plants do not need special care, starting on their second year

In March, cut all the stems 20cm above the ground

You can use them as stakes for the season, for crafts, as mulch, or as fuel, for example


Prefer to buy our rhizomes, which are manually selected with buds and come with roots
(= rhizomes of the year which will grow, and not old rhizomes of 2, 3 or 4 years, without buds and which will not grow)

In addition, the rhizome format:

  • is stronger than the starter plant format
    (mini-plug plant propagated in vitro, fragile to weather conditions and pests which may limit growth or kill the plant; 1 year of acclimatization in the nursery is recommended to strengthen starter plants before planting outside, unlike the rhizome)
  • gives adult size plants 1 to 3 years earlier than starter plants


Use for Dyeing

Learn to Use this Flavonoid Plant with our Courses:

Internship Natural Dye on Wool and Colorimetry

Internship Master Class: Compound Colors and Colorimetry


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