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Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Distinctive yellowish-white, horizontal banding on the leaves of this cultivar distinguish it from nearly all other grasses. These irregularly spaced marks seem to glow when backlit by the early morning or late after no on sun. This grass is nearly identical to M. 'Zebrinus', differing primarily in form. 'Porcupine Grass' is an upright, stiff grass whose leaves stretch skyward instead of arching downward like those of M.'Zebrinus'. 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.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Miscanthus is easy to grow and is a good choice for beginners. It will grow in most any soil, from loose sand to heavy clay, and does not require good drainage. Grow this grass in full sun except in warmer regions where some afternoon shade is best. Fertilization is not necessary. Divide Miscanthus in spring or early summer to give it time to establish its roots before winter arrives. Only in the mildest of climates should it be divided in the fall.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

4-6 ft.

Good Companions

Plant Height

4-6 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut flower or foliage, Border, Specimen, Dried Flower, Container, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

Early Fall,

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Mid-winter, Early winter, Late winter