Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
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- Large-growing ornamental grass--excellent as a specimen or for screening
- Bands of yellow along the leaves give this an exotic, tropical look
- Improved upright form won't flop as much as Zebra Grass
This plant has fantastic variegated leaves of yellow-white and green that are in horizontal bands. The bands are irregularly spaced and seem to glow when hit by the early or late afternoon sun. Very similar to M. 'Zebrinus'; the difference is the leaves stretch upward instead of arching downward like 'Zebrinus'. It has a superb upright form and is deer resistant. It needs a very long, hot growing season to produce flowers, but when it does the flowers are copper-pink and appear in early fall. This is a great grass that has excellent year-round interest.
Height: 6 - 7 1/2 feet
Spread: 4 - 6 feet
Uses: Borders, Cut Flower, Landscapes, Mass Plantings, Rain Garden, Screening, Specimen
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Variegated foliage; Blooms: Fall, Winter
Homeowner Growing Tips: A very adaptable plant, and tolerant of most conditions, but prefers full sun and moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Some shade may be appreciated in hot climates. Cut close to the ground in late winter. This is also the time to divide, if necessary.