Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’

Chinese silver grass

  • Botanical name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Cabaret'
  • Common name: Chinese silver grass
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’ is a tall-growing grass, perfect for growing at the back of the border, where it forms a good backdrop to shorter growing grasses and perennials. The long, ribbon-like foliage is streaked with white.


In late summer Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cabaret’ produces long, attractive plumes of silvery flowerheads that last well into winter. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Like all miscanthus, clumps will benefit from being cut back hard in the spring to encourage new growth.

How to grow Miscanthus 'Cabaret'

  • Plant size

    2.4m height

    1.2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

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Do not Divide in January

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Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Miscanthus 'Cabaret' and wildlife

Miscanthus 'Cabaret' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Miscanthus 'Cabaret' poisonous?

Miscanthus 'Cabaret' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Miscanthus 'Cabaret'