• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; forms clumps 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Late Summer into Fall
  • 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:Moderate growing; forms clumps 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 stream beds, rock outcroppings and huge landscape boulders. Also quite nice in large glazed ceramic pots.
    Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Juniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Aster (Aster); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers evenly moist, average, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate dry spells. Cut foliage clumps back to 3 inches above the ground and apply fertilizer in late winter to early spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • 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.