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Little Zebra Grass - Miscanthus sinensis

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Little Zebra Grass
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Miscanthus grass variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

A member of the Miscanthus genus, Little Zebra Grass produces showy, arching mounds of foliage with bold, horizontal yellow stripes up and down the blades. In late summer, purple-tinged seed heads rise above the foliage mound that open to fluffy, silvery plumes which remain attractive through winter to provide interest in your landscape. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 3-4 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide, Little Zebra Grass forms a neat mound of gracefully arching blades that provide outstanding color and texture in the landscape. It is ideal for use as an accent in smaller landscape spaces, home foundation plantings, and large containers. In larger landscape spaces it is effective in small to large groupings or as a grassy hedge.

Suggested Spacing:  4' apart for a solid hedge;  10' or more apart for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Miscanthus grasses are easy to grow in a wide range of soils, from sandy to well-drained clay and full to mostly sun (6 hours or more direct sunlight per day). They prefer a moist but well-drained soil of average fertility while establishing themselves, however will tolerate periods of dry soil when established. Constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic, so make sure the planting site is a well-drained one. Maintenance is minimal requiring only an annual pruning before new growth begins to emerge in late winter or very early spring. At this time simply cut plants back to just above the ground. 




Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Ornamental Grass
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4' apart for hedges;  10' or more apart for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Buff/White
Flower Size:  Large curled plumes
Flower Type:  Plumes
Flowering Period:  Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid-Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Mid-Winter
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, very low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect



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