Zebra Grass

A large, easy, and lovely grass.
Common name : Zebra Grass
Scientific name : Miscanthus sinensis
Family : Poaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Miscanthus sinensis - the zebra grass - is a species of flowering plant in the grass family Poaceae, native to eastern Asia. It is an herbaceous perennial grass, growing to 0.8–2 m (3–7 ft) tall, forming dense clumps from an underground rhizome with purple or silver flowers held above the foliage. Several cultivars have been selected, including 'Strictus' with a narrow growth habit, 'Variegata' with white margins, and ‘Zebrinus’ with horizontal yellow and green stripes across the leaves.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 100 - 250
pH 5 - 8

Plant my zebra grass

Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus enjoys sunshine. It even resists drought well. Place it in a soil rich enough, fresh but well drained, without excessive moisture in winter because it does not support stagnant water. Work the soil to a depth corresponding to one spade head. Plant without burying the bottom of the leaves. Tamp rather heavily around the roots. Water abundantly to promote rooting.

Water my zebra grass

In the first month, water the seedlings gently. For young plants, water without wetting the foliage. Afterward water during prolonged drought, and for the plants in tray.

Cut down my zebra grass

Cut the dead stubble at the end of winter, to allow the light to reach the new leaves.

Mulch my zebra grass

After the first month - during which you do not mulch, so you can water the seedlings - you can then keep the soil constantly mulched. A mulch of wood, bark, dried stubble or mineral mulch - drier! - agree. Minimum thickness recommended: 5cm.

Fertilize my zebra grass

In early winter, it is advisable to spread some compost around grasses. Winter will allow organic matter to decompose, and be available in the spring for the restart of the plant.

Propagate my zebra grass

When two or three years have passed after planting, your Miscanthus will benefit from a tuft division - they become quite cumbersome otherwise! Dig them up completely, cut the stubble and divide them with a spade (or an axe if they are too tough). Then replant them following the normal planting tips.

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