Miscanthus sinensis, Chinese Silver Grass, Zebra Grass, Porcupine Grass

Miscanthus sinensis

Chinese Silver Grass, Zebra Grass, Porcupine Grass
Family: Poaceae    (Formerly:Poaceae / Gramineae)
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Origin: Eastern Asia
USDA Zone: 5-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Miscanthus sinensis, also known as Chinese Silver Grass, is a small shrub native to Eastern Asia. It is a perennial and can grow anywhere between 2-5 ft in height and width. One of the key elements in keeping this plant healthy and thriving is the right amount of sunlight. It should be placed in a spot that gets full sun or semi-shade in order to look its best. Regular watering is key and Miscanthus sinensis should be watered every few days for optimal growth.

In USDA Zone 5-9, planting Miscanthus sinensis in the ground is the best way to achieve this, where cold temperatures are not as extreme. While growing in a pot in cold climate regions, it is advisable to keep the plant in the house for the winter season or use a portable greenhouse for additional protection.

Miscanthus sinensis is an easy to care for plant due to its low maintenance requirements. Various species of the plant are available to choose from. These include variegated, striped and feathery foliage, providing a range of options for gardeners. It is an attractive specimen of foliage and can add texture and depth to borders and flower beds. Apart from the beautiful foliage, Miscanthus sinensis also adds movement to the garden with its slender, arching leaves that flutter and wave in the breezes.

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