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Large Zebra Grass Plants (Miscanthus sinensis Strictus)Large Zebra Grass Plants (Miscanthus sinensis Strictus)Large Zebra Grass Plants (Miscanthus sinensis Strictus)Large Zebra Grass Plants (Miscanthus sinensis Strictus)

Large Zebra Grass Plants

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

The details

Miscanthus sinensis

  • Deciduous grass
  • Yellow bands on the leaves
  • Clump forming
  • Long silky flowers on tall stems
  • Suitable for ornamental "hedge"
  • Grows upright in full sun
  • To 2m x 1m
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Description

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' Eulalia Grass - 2-Litre Pot-Grown Plants

An elegant grass with reed-like qualities of tall, arching stems with horizontal cream stripes. Feathery pinkish plumes will appear in late summer if it has been a long hot one and will keep on going through winter if you can resist the temptation to cut them for the vase. Also known as Porcupine Grass or Chinese Silver Grass, it is similar to Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus' but more compact and upright.

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Features

  • Deciduous grass
  • Yellow bands on the leaves
  • Clump forming
  • Long pale purple flowers on head-high stems
  • Suitable for ornamental "hedge"
  • Grows upright in full sun
  • To 2m+ x 1m
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing 'Strictus' Grass

Grasses are tough and with a little help will establish almost anywhere there is some soil, so be brave with them as rockery features. Their favourite soil is fertile, moist and well drained, and full sun brings out their most upright habit. Plants grown in partial shade are fine, except they tend to flop.

Like any grass, they benefit from being sheared down to low mounds, every late Winter or early Spring to make way for new growth.

In Your Garden Design

The yellow stripes add some zing to this densely growing grass with stiff upright leaves, which are indeed much like a porcupine spike, though fortunately not sharp. Plant it somewhere it can be backlight, to really get it growing. Try with dahlias, heleniums, Eupatorium purpureum and acers to create a beautiful autumn palette. Other companion plants include Dahlia David Howard and Rudbecka Fulgida (Black Eyed Susans).

Did You Know?

It was the great Victorian garden designer and paragon, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), who popularised growing the various Far Eastern Miscanthus in the borders.

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