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Zebra Grass / Miscanthus sinense zebrinus

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Product Code: MISZEB1

Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Also known as Chinese / Japanese Zebra Grass

Overall Description

A beautiful ornamental grass that is native to some isolated areas of the country, Zebra Grass is a very easily grown ornamental with a couple of very attractive features which make it a great choice for landscape use. As mentioned, Zebra Grass is very easily grown, and will adapt & thrive in an extremely diverse range of soil conditions - will even take soils with heavy clay content. It is very tolerant of high heat & humidity, and is fairly drought tolerant.

Clumps will reach widths of 3 - 4 ft, with mature height topping out at around 5 ft or so. Plume-like, feathery panicles begin to appear in mid to late summer, and are a pinkish / coppery color - very attractive! Feathery blooms extend 1 - 2 ft above the top of the grass clump. Heavy, grass blade foliage is green with irregular horizontal bands of yellow throughout........giving it the name of "Zebra Grass". Blades are strongly serrated, much like that of Pampas Grass, so care should be taken when contact is necessary.

Both foliage & blooms have seasonal interest, as the foliage fades into a tan color - while the feathery blooms gradually turn from the pinkish color to a silvery white in fall, and persist well into mid winter. Dried plumes last very well, and make a great choice for cut flower arrangements.

Uses for this attractive and versatile grass include landscape accents, borders, group plantings, naturalized garden areas, and around ponds & water gardens. It is recommended that Zebra Grass be cut in late winter.....just before new shoots would typically begin to develop. Typically, foliage is left throughout the main part of winter as it provides some protection for the crown & main grass clump & roots - then simply cut back to near ground level in late winter for maximum new growth.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 5 - 6 ft ( feathery flower panicles extend 1 -2 ft above foliage )

--Mature Width : 3 - 4 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 9

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade - best in full sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly sandy - well drained........will adapt to a wide variety of soil compositions

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Grass blades are dark green with horizontal bands of golden yellow throughout. Blade edges have a serrated, spiny margin that can cause cuts & scrapes when handled carelessly.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Feathery flower panicles are produced in late summer through mid fall. Panicles are initially a pinkinsh / copper color, and fade to silvery white as fall progresses into winter.

--Diseases / Insects :
None to mention. Miscanthus mealybug or Miscanthus blight has been reported very occasionally in certain areas of the country with very high heat & moisture.

--Recommended Spacing :
5 - 6 ft apart recommended for group planting / 3 - 4 feet apart for solid barrier / screen

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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