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Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' (Porcupine Grass)

Maiden Grass 'Strictus', Eulalia 'Strictus', Chinese Silver Grass 'Strictus', Japanese Silver Grass 'Strictus', Porcupine Grass


Award-winner Porcupine Grass 'Strictus' (Miscanthus sinensis) is a very distinctive ornamental grass with its variegated foliage displaying unusual, horizontal, soft yellow rings along the gracefully arching leaves until it turns to pale brown in the fall. It is complimented by attractive, pinkish plumes which emerge in early fall and turn silvery as they mature. This variety is very similar to Miscanthus 'Zebrinus' in leaf markings, but more upright in habit and compact.

  • Deciduous, this perennial grass easily grows in a dense, stiffly upright clump up to 6-8 ft. tall (180-240 cm) and 3-5 ft. wide (90-150 cm).
  • Preferring full sun in moderately fertilemoistwell-drained soils, this Maiden Grass is generally pest and disease free! Protect from excessive winter wet. Drought and salt tolerant, it is deer and rabbit resistant!
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (2001)
  • Very versatile, it can be used as a graceful accent plant in the garden, massed to create screens or hedges, planted in borderscoastal gardens, city gardens, cottage gardens or prairie plantings.
  • Cut foliage to the ground in late winter before new shoots appear. Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring.
  • The species form of Miscanthus sinensis is invasive in several US states. The invasive potential is of less concern for many of its ornamental cultivars, some of which are sterile. However, as a general rule, do not plant more than one cultivar on your property, and use only a vegetatively propagated cultivar that has shown little or no evidence of self-seeding in your area.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Ornamental Grasses
Plant Family Miscanthus - Maiden Grasses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Modern Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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