Plus and minus of rot resistant ornamental grasses


Green thumbs up

to the staying power of maiden grass, a.k.a. Chinese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis) in the winter landscape. Even after it's flattened by snow and ice it comes back upright after a thaw. This strength and rot resistance makes it a good material for thatched roofs.

Green thumbs down

to too much staying power. If you compost your ornamental grasses, chop the Miscanthus unless you want to keep looking at whole stems for years. Decomposing microorganisms will find more places to work if there are more cut surfaces, and in the meanwhile the shorter pieces blend better with the mulch.


If you spread it as mulch, don't leave it whole unless you want to find it that way next spring, and for years to come!


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