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Miscanthus 'Strictus'
  • Miscanthus Porcupine grass is a drought proof ornamental grass
  • miscanthus Strictus has yellow horizontal bander on stiff upright leaves

Miscanthus 'Strictus'

Stiff-textured porcupine grass remains upright despite punishing wind and rain!
Item: #MISST1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $12.99
  • Horizontal yellow bands on stiff upright leaves
  • Magnificent silvery plumes in fall
  • Deer stay away from this stately ornamental grass
  • Use for background, hedging or privacy areas
  • 4 feet tall
  • Ship size: 1 Quart Pot
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Miscanthus 'Strictus' Description

Miscanthus Strictus or porcupine grass offers season long interest with bold yellow, horizontally banded foliage. The pleasing stiff foliage will not flop at all!

Tiny, reddish bronze flowers give way to showy silvery plumes in the fall.

This beautiful ornamental grass is excellent as a background plant, or a privacy hedge in the Sun perennial garden. Plant with KnockOut roses, butterfly bush, or other tall growing shrubs.

Miscanthus flowers are great to cut and dry! We often create beautiful dried flower bouquets using miscanthus and hydrangea flowers.

 Special features: Cut flower, Deer resistant, Dried flower, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant, Moisture tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest, Variegated, Winter interest

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
  • Common name:
    Porcupine grass, Eulalia variegated maiden grass
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 Quart Pot
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy,
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry, Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    4' X 3'
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
    Green with yellow bands
  • Bloom season:
    Late summer-fall
  • Uses:
    Accent, Background, Border, Foundation planting, Massing, Ornamental, Privacy, Screen, Specimen, Waterside
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:



Soil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, from well-drained sandy soils to the heavy clay.
Light: Best in full sun. Less vigorous with decreased flowering and tendency to flop in too much shade. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity.
Water: Medium -- Prefers moist soils, but once established, it's drought tolerant.
Spacing: 2 - 3 ft.
Fertilizing: Small amounts of fertilizer are needed for ornamental grasses. Too much fertilizer will increase the nitrogen level and that can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer is in the spring, just as growth is resuming. About one -quarter cup, per item, of a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer is enough to take care of the plant needs throughout the entire summer. For best results, make sure you thoroughly water in the fertilizer.
Winterizing: Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest, and to provide protection for the crowns.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter before new shoots appear. Older clumps tend to die in the center, leading to an unattractive shape and appearance. Frequency of division depends on species, soil fertility and exposure, but dividing every third year is a safe rule of thumb for most species. This should be done in late fall or early spring when the plant is dormant. Although 'Strictus' forms substantial clumps, it usually does not need staking or other support.