Go Back Porcupine Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Similar green and yellow banding like ‘Little Zebra’, but a totally different habit. ‘Porcupine Grass’ is an upright, stiff grass whose leaves stretch skyward like porcupine spines, thus the name.

Distinctive yellowish-white, horizontal banding on the green leaves of this cultivar seem to glow when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.

This grass requires a very long, hot growing season to be able to produce flowers. When it does, they are spectacular pinkish copper plumes that appear in early fall. As the seeds mature, they become fluffy, and are a great accent to the reddish-tan winter foliage.

Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond’s edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Needs a very hot climate to produce flowers.

Flower Color

Pinkish copper plumes that appear in early fall

Foliage Color


Plant Spread


Good Companions

Other grasses and full-sun perennials

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Unique foliage

Bloom Time

Early Fall

Critter Resistance



Full Sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Summer and fall