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Ornamental Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Punktchen’

Punktchen’ is a eulalia grass, which is noted for its erect, spiky, compact form, its tall flower plumes and its horizontally banded foliage. It is one of the shorter Miscanthus varieties, typically forming an upright foliage clump to 3-4′ tall, however it sends up unusually long flower stalks (to 3′ above the foliage), thus bringing the total height of the grass to 5-7′ tall when in flower. Features narrow (to 3/8″ wide), finely-textured, dark green leaves with zebra-striped, golden yellow bands extending horizontally across the leaves at approximately 4″ intervals. Foliage gradually fades to tan after frost. Tiny reddish-brown flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences well above the foliage in late summer, gradually turning into silvery white plumes in fall. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. Prefers well-draining soil.


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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 5-7'
Spacing 5-6'
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full-Partial Sun
Foliage Finely-textured, dark green leaves with zebra-striped, golden yellow bands.
Flower Golden-Reddish-brown
Bloomtime August - February

General Information +

Botanical: Miscanthus sinensis 'Punktchen'

Common: Eulalia or Dwarf Porcupine Grass

Family: Poaceae

General Characteristics: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clays. Prefers moist soils. Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity. Clumps slowly expand in circumference by short rhizomes, but retain tight clump shape. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns. Cut foliage to the ground in late winter just before new shoots appear. 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.

Use: This is a versatile ornamental grass. Accent, specimen, grouping, mass or screen. Borders, meadows, wild gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized areas or pond/water garden peripheries. Attracts birds. Has showy flowers. Good cut flower. Good dried flower. Winter interest.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No frequently occurring insect or disease problems. In some areas of the U.S., miscanthus mealybug and miscanthus blight are becoming significant problems. Miscanthus mealybug causes stunted growth and is difficult to eradicate because it lives inside the stems. Miscanthus blight is a fungal disease which attacks the blades and sheaths.

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.