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Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Grey/Silver and Pale Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Cream, Green and Pale Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

zebra grass

Family

Poaceae


Miscanthus can be deciduous or evergreen grasses with tufted or spreading habit, erect stems bearing arching, linear leaves and terminal panicles of silky spikelets in late summer or autumn

'Zebrinus' is a deciduous grass with arching, linear leaves bearing transverse bands of cream or pale yellow

Other common names

  • zebra-striped grass

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring. Can be slow to establish

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Remove dead foliage and old flowered stems in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free