Miscanthus sinensis Strictus

available late May

Miscanthus strictus in Whitehouse Perennials Display Gardens

Porcupine Grass

About This Grass

The distinctive yellowish-white, horizontal banding on the leaves of Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' distinguish it from nearly all other grasses. These irregularly spaced marks seem to glow when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun. This grass is nearly identical to M. 'Zebrinus', differing primarily in form. 'Porcupine Grass' is an upright, stiff grass whose leaves stretch skyward instead of arching downward like those of Miscanthus 'Zebrinus'. This grass usually produces plumes in our area in early fall. The fluffy seed heads are a great accent to the reddish-tan winter foliage.

  • Height: 183 - 274 cm (6-9 ft)
  • Spread: 91 - 122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 5
  • Sun or Shade: Sun to light shade
  • Bloom Time: early Fall
  • Leaf Colour: green with gold banding
  • Bloom Colour: reddish brown
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Miscanthus prefers moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial sun. It is adaptable to many soil types including clay and sandy soils. The clump expands slowly by short rhizomes but will retain a tight clumping form. The foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crown.