Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’
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Miscanthus sinensis Andersson is the correct and accepted scientific name. It was first described by Nils Johan Andersson in Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar (Stockholm) in 1855. According to Plants of the World Online, there are 32 synonyms of Miscanthus sinensis.
The genus, Miscanthus Anderson, was also named and described by Nils Johan Anderson in the same publication. Plants of the World Online lists 15 accepted species of Miscanthus and 6 synonyms (as of 2-23-19 when I am updating this page).
I bought my Zebra Grass from the discount rack at Lowe’s in August 2012 in Greenville, Mississippi. Since I moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013, I don’t have much experience with this grass. I did like the yellow banding on the leaves, which is why I bought it. Not all the leaves had this coloration.
Common Names: Zebra Grass
Origin: Japan, Korea, and China
Zones: USDA Zones 5a-9b (-20 to 25 °F)
Size: 4-7 feet tall
Light: Full sun to part shade. Plants may flop in too much shade
Soil: Average well-drained soil
Leaves: Green leaves with yellow bands
Water: Medium, drought tolerant but prefers moist soil.
Propagation: Plants spread by rhizomes and can easily be divided.
This grass spreads by short rhizomes which makes a nice clump. It has escaped gardens and has naturalized in 25 states. The stems of the species grow upward and will make an attractive fountain-like appearance. This cultivar, however, may take on a rounded shape. Other cultivars stand better. Leaves turn yellow to orange in the fall then tan for winter attraction. The flowers and leaves retain their fountain-like shape over winter.
There are no significant problems except for Miscanthus mealybug and Miscanthus blight in some parts of the country.
There are several good cultivars available with different features. I have not grown many ornamental grasses on the farm but I hope to try a few more.
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