Porcupine Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

A more upright form to this improved habit; not as relaxed and vase-shaped as 'Zebrinus'. Green foliage is highlighted by dramatic horizontal golden bands. Reddish bronze plumes rise above the foliage in summer. Works well for use as a single specimen or in groupings.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationmiss-KANTH-us sy-NEN-sis
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; forms clumps 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer into Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitNarrow
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsJuniper (Juniperus); Aster (Aster); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranesbill (Geranium); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Catmint (Nepeta)

Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained, loamy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, tolerates moderate dry spells. Cut foliage clumps back to 3 inches above the ground and apply fertilizer in late winter to early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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