Chinese silvergrass was introduced as an ornamental grass and escaped cultivation. It now has invaded habitats all over the United States and in western North Carolina. Besides being an aggressive competitor with native species, it is also a problem because it poses a fire risk.
This grass is highly distinctive. It grows in tall bunches (5 - 12') which produce a fan-shaped panicle which has a silvery pink inflorescence in late summer, early fall. The leaves are long (18") and have sharp points and silvery midribs.
Fact Sheet: Chinese Silvergrass
Photo credit: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Photo Credit: Chris Moorman