• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Water regularly in extreme heat. Tolerant of dry conditions once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Clumps to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Waterwise Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Late summer into fall
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:miss-KANTH-us sy-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Clumps to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late summer into fall
    Flower color:Red
    Design IdeasBig gardens use big grasses for dramatic compositions. Porcupine is a tall columnar grass that will serve as a strong vertical corner for perennial borders. Also great for narrow areas near gates or corners. Fits well into small planters in courtyards too. Ideal for large landscape gardens when planted beside water features, dry streambeds, rock outcroppings and huge landscape boulders. Also quite nice in large glazed ceramic pots.
    Companion PlantsPlant with autumn flowering perennials like Aster, Anemone, and Mullein as well as the delicate Asian blooms of Japanese Rose and Mukdenia. Pair with foliage plants that contrast well with the reddish-bronze plums.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Water regularly in extreme heat. Tolerant of dry conditions once established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Miscanthus sinensis is native to Eastern Asia including Japan, China and Korea. Grown in temperate regions throughout the world, it has become invasive in parts of North America. The fiberous texture of the leaf is often used in papermaking.