Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'

Zebra grass

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Miscanthus is a deciduous, clump-forming, perennial grass. It has upright or arching bluish-green leaves with pale yellowish horizontal bands across them. Maroon-purple leaves appear in autumn complementing the rest of the plant, which turns a russet colour. Plants look good either as specimen plants or planted in groups in herbaceous borders. In autumn, it may carry awned, hairy, pink-white sipkelets in fan-shaped panicles. This plant prefers full sun or very light shade, is drought-tolerant, and grows in most well-drained soils.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Miscanthus

Species: sinensis

Cultivar: Zebrinus

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: August to September

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