Description: Use porcupine grass as an accent or mass planted in a large-scale landscape, such as around a commercial building to add a touch of soft elegance and texture. The slightest breeze moves the foliage, allowing the landscape to "come alive." Many people prefer to cut the grass back to the ground in the spring so new green growth is not covered with last year's dried, brown foliage. Porcupine grass will grow in a location in the landscape that receives full sun or part shade. It is adaptable to most well-drained soils and will grow in several inches of standing water. This ornamental grass is not as tolerant to drought as many of the others.
Common Name: Porcupine Grass
Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
Type: Perennial, Ornamental Grass
Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 7" foliage height, 7-9' bloom height, 3' spread
Foliage Color: Green with White bands
Bloom Color: Copper Colored
Bloom Period: August - November
Landscape Use: Water features, dry streambeds, next to landscape boulders, accent plant
Soil: Well-Drained, Fertile
Zone: 4 - 9
Growth Rate: Fast
Companion Plants: Viburnum, Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan
Maintenance: Cut foliage back to 3-4" in late Spring or early Fall