• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Clumps to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Late summer into fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:miss-KANTH-us sy-NEN-sis
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    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 PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Juniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Aster (Aster); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerant of dry conditions once established. 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
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    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.