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Porcupine Grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’

Miscanthus

If Pygmalion were a gardener, Miscanthus would come to life as fountains, some of them spouting tall and upright to 10 ft. Graceful and robust, they’re favored for their luxuriant foliage and silky terminal panicles. Striking as a singular specimen, Miscanthus is also excellent when massed in the perennial bed or a mixed border. Attractive throughout most of the year, with yellow, purple, scarlet and burgundy fall colors, they fade to a lovely warm ivory in winter.

<i>Miscanthus sinensis</i> ‘Strictus’

Sharing many of the attributes of its more common relation, Zebra Grass, this preeminent specimen is a bit denser, stiffer, and more upright. Beautifully at home at water’s edge, ‘Strictus’ displays coppery blooms and lax foliage with bold blond-colored stripes in an irregular, horizontal pattern. When viewed from afar, the warm bands create a spellbinding effect.

Porcupine Grass maintains a good form, and is a high-spirited companion for Bergenia ‘Bressingham White’ and Sedum ‘Matrona’.

Blooms August–November.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 3-1/2' – 4-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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