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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’ (Porcupine Grass)

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

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Miscanthus Sinensis 'Strictus', Maiden Grass 'Strictus', Eulalia 'Strictus', Chinese Silver Grass 'Strictus', Japanese Silver Grass 'Strictus', Porcupine Grass, Low maintenance grasses, Low maintenance plants

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

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • 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).
  • Performs best in full sun in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Protect from excessive winter wet. Drought and salt tolerant once established.
  • It is versatile and can be used as a graceful accent plant in the garden, massed to create screens or hedges, or planted in borders, coastal gardens, city gardens, cottage gardens, or prairie plantings.
  • This Chinese Silver Grass is generally pest and disease free. It is deer and rabbit resistant but attracts birds.
  • 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.
  • Native to Asia, 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.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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 Poaceae
Genus Miscanthus
Common names Chinese Silver Grass, Maiden Grass, Japanese Silver Grass, Eulalia
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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 Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Modern Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Fontane’ (Chinese Silver Grass)
Miscanthus nepalensis (Himalaya Fairy Grass)
Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ (Chinese Silver Grass)
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ (Chinese Silver Grass)
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ (Chinese Silver Grass)
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ghana’ (Chinese Silver Grass)

Recommended Companion Plants

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ (Smooth Hydrangea)
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ (Giant Hyssop)
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ (Sneezeweed)
Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ (Sneezeweed)
Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass)
Geranium Rozanne (Cranesbill)
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Montbretia)
Dahlia ‘David Howard’
Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Arctotis (African Daisy)
Agapanthus (African Lily)
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
Persicaria amplexicaulis (Mountain Fleece)
Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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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 Poaceae
Genus Miscanthus
Common names Chinese Silver Grass, Maiden Grass, Japanese Silver Grass, Eulalia
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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 Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Modern Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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