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Products > Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
 
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' - Porcupine Grass

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Grass
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Copper
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' (Porcupine Grass) - Large (5-7 feet tall) winter-dormant clumping grass with striking yellow horizontal bands on upright foliage. Banding is most pronounced when plants are grown in full sun and given occasional watering. This plant is often confused with M. sinensis 'Zebrinus' although from our experience 'Strictus' is a superior plant and is more strongly and evenly variegated. It is also more rigidly upright where 'Zebrinus' is lax and flops over. Fall color is a light tan. Hardy to USDA Zone 5 (-20 degrees F). The name Miscanthus was given to this genus of perennial grasses native to Japan and the Philippines by the 19th century Swedish botanist Nils Johan Andersson. It comes from the Greek words 'miskos' which means "stem" or "stalk" and 'anthos', meaning "flowers" in reference to the seed heads having stalked spikelets. We grew this plant from 1989 until 2008.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Miscanthus 'Strictus'.
 
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