Striped Foliage on an Exceptional Ornamental Grass
Here's an animal-print plant that's sure to turn heads. Golden-yellow bands against green grassy leaves form a striped pattern on this striking plant, aptly named Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'). But this is no ordinary grass -- it's not a turfgrass for your lawn -- it's an ornamental grass with loads of design potential for your yard or garden. Tall, Stately and Distinctive Zebra Grass forms a tidy clump of spiky leaves with distinctive horizontal banding. Although it may reach heights of 8 feet, typically it tops out around 6 feet. As the clumps grow, they maintain their tight shape without becoming sparse. In areas with longer growing seasons, Zebra Grass produces feathery plumes -- flower stalks that rise 2 feet above the leaves! A New Design Approach Instead of defaulting to the same landscape design each year, rejuvenate the look of your yard or garden by the simple addition of Zebra Grass as: An Accent Plant- As a single specimen plant, place Zebra Grass where it stands alone as a focal point. An Anchor Plant- Plant Zebra Grass as the anchor plant for a back-of-the-border bed, and group shorter shrubs and perennials in front. A Cluster Plant- Use groupings of three or five Zebra Grass clumps to form a mass planting that increases its design impact, particularly if you have a large yard. A Border Plant- Line your property border by planting a row of Zebra Grass plants along the side of your yard. It'll define the line between you and your neighbor and provide a fast-growing screen. Ease of Care For its versatility in your landscape, Zebra Grass has few needs. It's adaptable to many soil types – from sandy soil to well-drained clay soil. Plants prosper in moist soil, but established clumps can handle short intervals of drought. Zebra Grass thrives in full sun, and it can even stand up to high heat and humidity. You don't have to prune Zebra Grass, but in early spring (before new growth forms), you can cut it to the ground to keep it neat and clear the way for the emerging foliage.