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Ornamental Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Porcupine’ (Strictus)

Porcupine’ Grass is a very attractive grass due to its golden horizontal banding on bright green leaves. The leaves have look of porcupine quills, giving this plant it’s common name Porcupine Grass. Starting in late summer through fall reddish-brown to copper colored, fluffy plumes grow about a foot above the foliage. These plumes put on a great show but also are good for cut flowers or dried arrangements. This is a very upright, stiff grass with a growth habit that can add structure, grace and great interest to the landscape. It won’t flop over like other Zebra Grass do. Reaching a maximum height of 8ft. ‘Porcupine’ Grass will require an area with plenty of space.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 6-8'
Spacing 3-4' wide
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Foliage Green Striped w/Golden Yellow
Flower Reddish-Brown to Copper
Bloomtime August to November

General Information +

Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Porcupine' (Strictus)

Common: Ornamental Grass, eulalia

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Deer resistant! Ornamental Grasses are gaining in popularity all over the U.S. due to their undemanding nature and long lasting, year round beauty. There is nothing that adds such interesting forms, textures and movement to a garden, than with this diverse plant group. They can be planted along banks of ponds, incorporated into perennial gardens, grouped together, utilized as a ground cover along walkways, paths or on steep banks. They aren't fussy about soil requirements, are drought tolerant as well as insect and disease resistant.

Tip: Porcupine' grass is more tolerant of wet soils than other cultivars and is often planted next to ponds or pools. Porcupine grass is similar to zebra grass ('Zebrinus') which also has yellow banded leaves, but is more floppy and arching instead of stiffly upright. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. Pruning time: late winter or early spring.

Use: Porcupine' is a tall columnar grass that is great for narrow areas and fits well in planters, too. It is really super for large landscape gardens when planted near ponds, streams, rock outcroppings and huge landscape boulders. Provides color and contrast to the perennial border, meadow or wild garden almost year-round.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the root meets the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. A slow release fertilizer may be used each spring, though it's not necessary.