Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental, Porcupine Grass, Miscanthus
Zone 5 to 9, Full sun to part shade
Plants reach 4 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide.
Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2001
Distinctive yellowish-white, horizontal banding on the leaves of this cultivar distinguish it from nearly all other grasses. These irregularly spaced marks seem to glow when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.
This is nearly identical to M. 'Zebrinus', differing primarily in form. 'Porcupine Grass' is an upright, stiff whose leaves stretch skyward instead of arching downward like those of M. 'Zebrinus'.
This requires a very long, hot growing season to be able to produce flowers. When it does, they are spectacular pinkish copper plumes that appear in early fall. As the seeds mature, they become fluffy, and are a great accent to the reddish-tan winter foliage.
Not available for shipment to NY
Thirty (30) plants per flat (or tray). Approximate Plug Measurements: 4.25 inches deep x 2 inches wide.