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Morning Light Ornamental Grass

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 4 - 5 Feet
  • Width 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5-9

Add this award-winning ornamental grass to your space for its unique shimmer of silver as it moves with the slightest breeze. Variegated, fine textured leaves are partly green but look totally silver from a distance. Blooming later than others, its tiny crimson plumes appear in late summer. Growing 48-60 inches high, this new, improved cultivar is not as invasive as the species form of Miscanthus sinensis. The Royal Horticultural Society gave it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

With a graceful growth habit, this plant retains a tight, vase-like shape. It is pest and disease free, resists deer and rabbits, and attracts birds. Morning Light tolerates drought, salt, and black walnut. It is native to Asia. Use it to soften the landscape, to create a screen or hedge, or as an accent plant in the border. Use Morning Light as a ‘thriller’ in a combination planter. It works well as a screen or hedge in a mass planting. It is equally at home in a coastal garden, a cottage garden, or a prairie garden. Its blooms make long-lasting dried flowers. For a stunning effect, locate this ornamental in a spot where the setting sun can illuminate its silvery plumes.

Morning Light Ornamental Grass Care

Plant in an area of good drainage. Deeply till the soil and incorporate organic matter. Plant no deeper than the pot or it could rot in the ground. Water thoroughly. When established, an average amount of irrigation is sufficient, but water well during heat and drought. This ornamental grass does not need high amounts of fertilizer. It is not fussy about the type of soil: average, poor, or moderately fertile and with a pH of acidic or neutral. This ornamental grass tolerates conditions from dry and rocky to moist clay. Miscanthus thrives in full sun, becoming floppy in too much shade.

Mulch around the base in autumn. The grass will turn shades of brown – it may be retained for winter interest and to protect the crown from extreme winter wet. Cut back to about 3 inches in late winter/early spring before new shoots appear.

Morning Light Ornamental Grass Spacing

These grasses look dramatic in large containers. Choose one large enough to accommodate the roots. Space the plants 36 inches apart in the landscape.

Morning Light Ornamental Grass Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Plant Type: Perennial Grass
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 4 - 5 Feet
Mature Width: 3 Feet
Plant Spacing: 3 Feet
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red
Seasonal Interest: Early Winter Late Summer Mid Winter Early Fall Late Winter Mid Fall Late Fall
Foliage Type: Herbaceous, Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Variegated
Attracts: Birds
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Salt
Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant Container Dried Flower Grass Landscape Mass Planting Specimen or Focal Point
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.