Miscanthus Sinensis Zebrinus Grasses
Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus (Zebra Grass)
A beautiful and very striking Miscanthus, the rich green foliage has bold horizontal stripes of creamy yellow bringing interest and colour right through the season. In warmer Summers this Zebra Grass will produce handsome silky flower spikes of reddish brown late in the season that will fade to silver. The whole plant will fade to light brown after a few frosts, but its tall and elegant structure will persist right through the Winter to give height and interest.
Brilliant as a backdrop to late season perennials, and these handsome grasses look great with other Ornamental Grass varieties of differing colours and forms. This is a useful grass for structure and to siften the harder lines of buildings or toher structures in the landscape.
Grow in full sun, any well drained soil is suitable.
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Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus is a deciduous grass, the old foliage should be left over the Winter as this will protect the crown of the plant from inclement weather conditions and will still provide structure and interest, especially on frosty days. Cut them back close to the ground in February or March before the new foliage emerges. The cut stems and foliage is useful as a natural mulch or may be composted.
How to grow Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Deciduous grass, foliage turns to coppery red in Autumn and then brown in Winter, fresh new foliage emerges in spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: late Summer
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 120cm x 50cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in Early Spring.