Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’)

Porcupine Grass

The Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’) has green leaves with cream-colored horizontal bands. These leaves make this ornamental grass stand out anywhere! Silvery white plumes that rise high above the foliage in fall are incredible fall and winter interest and can be cut for floral bouquets and dried décor.

This grass has a rigid, upright habit and stiff, pointed leaf blades, some of which stick out at angles like porcupine quills. Along the length of each blade, the bright green foliage has bright horizontal bands of golden yellow at even intervals along every leaf.

The Porcupine tolerates a wide range of soil types and is moderately drought-tolerant. It will hold up to wind and snow. Tall with a tidy columnar form, these are narrow-growing ornamental grasses that save space while adding fast-growing impact to your garden beds.

Planting and Application:

Use this plant as a specimen, for mass plantings, either way, the effect is amazing! The unusual variegation really shows off as a vertical accent among garden beds and borders and adds dramatic effects when en masse. Imagine the effect that it will have waving in the breeze on your landscape!

Great for coastal areas or plant them next to Rain Gardens, ponds or pools, water features and other medium to higher moisture environments. Growing 6-8 feet in height and only 3-4 feet in width, Porcupine Grass is great privacy and screening throughout the growing season. Use these are great texture and motion grasses to use around meditation and destination spots or in rows around seating areas.

  • Tall, Tough & Showy!
  • Warm-Season Grass Variety
  • White Flower Plumes in Autumn
  • Green & Cream Banded Leaves
  • Upright & Rigid Foliage & Columnar Form
  • Coastal Areas, Mass Plantings, Borders, Cutting Gardens & Specimen

Tips for Care:

Ornamental grasses are easy-care and no-nonsense plants! Plant in full sun or part shade for the strongest stems. Choose a well-drained site with moderate moisture. In early spring remove the dead foliage before the plants begin new growth. Clumps may be divided every 3 years or so in early spring. It is deer resistant and has very few pests and disease issues. Warm-season grasses may green up later in the spring, but really shine once the hot, dry summer weather kicks in!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade for Strongest Stems
  • Moderate Moisture & Well-Drained Soil
  • Fast-Growing Plants
  • Prune Early Spring Before New Growth Emerges
  • Deer & Pest Resistant

Hardy USDA growing zones 4-10, these are Ornamental and adaptable perennial grasses that deer and pests leave very much alone!

Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’) Details

Common name Porcupine Grass
Botanical name Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 4-10
Growth rate Fast
Height 6 - 8 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color White
Leaf color Green & Bright Bands