Zebra Grass (Miscanthus Zebrinus)
Grasses are currently very much in favor in today’s designs. This Miscanthus has horizontal creamy-yellow bands and grows in a clumping form about 5 – 6′ tall. Like all Miscanthus, it likes average to slightly moist conditions (so it’s perfectly happy in or at the edge of the grass in your lawn). Though it will take full sun, ‘Zebra Grass’ appreciates a bit of dappled shade in hot climate summers. It is splendid around any and all water features, creates a strong focal point for any garden, blends well with colorful flowers and gracefully dances on windy days. Expect it to turn brown in the winter after it blooms with tall slender stalks of beige to pinkish grass-like inflorences (flower-heads, which, in this case, look more like plumes or brushes rather than the usual colored petals we tend to associate with flowers). These inflorences make wonderful dried flower arrangements. It is best to cut the whole plant down to about 6″ – 10″ in the late winter so it can start its spring growth neatly. Like many ornamental grasses, the Zebra Grass (Miscanthus zebrinus) can become an invasive weed in some areas. So check your local city, university or state weed management programs to see if the Zebra Grass is going to be a good selection for your garden.
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