Monday, 11 November 2013

Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus - Zebra Grass

Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus - Zebra Grass is a deciduous, clump-forming, perennial grass that has upright to arching green leaves and pale yellow / cream eye catching bands running across them to make them a wonderful feature for any autumn or winter garden. This species of Miscanthus, Zebrinus or Zebra Grass, is a full hardy and looks great either as specimen plants or planted in groups in herbaceous borders. It's flowering period is between August and September where it will offer  hairy pink/white spikelets in fan shaped panicles which stay for months giving this plant a dramatic winter garden presence.

The distinctive foliage is what makes this plant an attractive addition for any garden, the zebra effect of horizontal pale / cream strips across the green makes it stand out especially during autumn and winter months. The variegation turns a more pronounced yellow as the growing season progresses.

This Miscanthus requires little maintenance, prefers full sun and will grow in a wide range of well-drained soils. The winter foliage can be left on the plant to provide protection to the growing crown, cutting back can take place in late winter just before the new Spring growth gets underway.

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