Miscanthus s. 'Strictus'
[Porcupine Grass]

Size (ships bareroot) - Gallon

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Height Light
6 - 8 ft. Sun Late Summer 5 - 9

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 afternoon sun. This grass requires a very long, hot growing season to be able to produce flowers (zone 6 does well). 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 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.

Other Attributes:
Deer Resistant Good cut flower
Dries well Long season interest

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