Zebra grass is known as Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus' botanically. It is also sometimes called porcupine grass (Miscanthis sinensis 'Strictus'). This green and pale yellow upright beauty dies back in winter, then comes back strong in the spring, whether or not it has been trimmed. It can grow 5 feet tall or taller and about 5 feet wide, even if you prune it during its growing season, which is spring and summer in the western United States.
Depending on what you pair zebra grass with, it can have an exotic, tropical look and is striking planted near broad-leafed tropical plants with colorful flowers such as canna, ginger, hibiscus, and plumeria.
- Emerald-green foliage with golden stripes
- Silvery plumes appear in autumn
- Grows 4-7 ft. with 3-5 ft. spread
- Adds movement and texture to the landscape
- Tolerates drought and a range of soil types