Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionThe stiff, upright foliage of 'Strictus' Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) won't let you down by flopping midseason. Bright golden, horizontal bands paint each blade of grass, effortlessly turning the heads of passersby. Between the rigid blades and striped variegation, it's easy to see a resemblance to porcupine needles!
Tiny, red-bronze flowers give way to showy silver plumes in the fall. Both foliage and flowers are creative additions to fresh or dried floral arrangements! This distinctive grass is excellent as a background plant, privacy hedge, or even as a specimen.DetailsBotanical name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus' Common name: Porcupine grass, Eulalia, maiden grass Zone: 5 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 4-6' X 4-6' Flower color: Reddish-bronze Foliage color: Variegated, green with yellow bands Season of interest: Spring through fall Bloom time: Early fall Features: Winter interest, rain gardens, rabbit resistant, privacy & screening, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, deer resistant, best for beginners Uses: Accent, background, border, foundation planting, massing, Ornamental, privacy, screen, specimen, watersideHow To GrowSoil: Easily grown in average, medium, well-draining soil. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun). They tend to flop when grown in too much shade. Water: Average. Prefers moist soils, but once established, it's drought tolerant. Spacing: 4 - 6 ft. Fertilizing: Too much fertilizer can lead to lodging or flopping over. The best time for applying fertilizer, if needed, is in the spring as growth is resuming. Winterizing: Leave foliage standing throughout winter for visual interest. Substantial clumps tend to flop (or collapse when subjected to heavy winter snows) and often benefit from some support. Maintenance & pruning: Cut foliage to a 6 to 12-inch-tall mound of stubble in late winter before new shoots appear. Mature clumps of 'Gracillimus' (3-4 years +) produce substantial foliage, which sometimes needs support. Older clumps tend to die in the center leading to an unattractive shape and appearance. Dividing every third year is a safe rule of thumb.
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All the plants I ordered are growing and doing great. I will be definitely purchasing plants from this company again.
Plants arrived healthy. Planted last day of April approx. I watered alternate days. They turned yellow, brown, crunchy. Thought maybe I overrated so I backed off on it.Would Miracle Grow help. We have had some cooler days here near Lake Michigan. Advice would be appreciated.
Fast shipping. Plants looked great. They are growing well.
W.S. (New Jersey)
Quality plants, doing very well.
This grass is growing great!! I can’t wait to see it get huge!!