Problem Plant: Chinese Silver Grass

Chinese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

This densely-bunched grass was introduced to the U. S. from Asia for ornamental
purposes in the late 1800s. Today some 50 forms are sold in the nursery trade, and
it is often used in both commercial and residential landscapes. Unfortunately, it
escapes from these plantings and has become invasive in national parks in
Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

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Tags: Highly competitive, invading roadsides and clearings, Seeds dispersed by wind and build up in soilseed banks, Also spreads through rhizomes, Highly flammable; a fire hazard, Little wildlife value, Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Bluejoint Grass (Calamagrostis canadensis), Bottlebrush Grass (Elymus hystrix), Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides), Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), Grass with vertical and winter interest