Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Porcupine' (Strictus)
Common: Ornamental Grass, eulalia
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.