Grass, Porcupine ‘Strictus’

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‘Strictus’, commonly known as porcupine grass, is noted for its horizontally banded foliage and upright, columnar habit in which the erect leaf blades purportedly resemble porcupine quills. It typically grows in an upright clump to 5-6′ tall with the flower plumes raising total overall height to 8-9′ tall. Features medium green leaves variegated with yellow horizontal bands. Foliage fades to tan after frost. Tiny reddish-bronze flowers appear in tassel-like inflorescences which rise well above the foliage in late summer, gradually turning into silvery plumes in fall. Flower plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest. ‘Strictus’ is very similar in appearance to M. s. ‘Zebrinus’, except ‘Zebrinus’ foliage is arching and tends to flop more, often requiring staking or other support.

Additional information

Weight 0.000 oz
Latin Name

Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

Plant Type

Ornamental Grass


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from well-drained sandy soils to heavy clay. Will also tolerate wet soils including standing water.

Light Requirements


Stiff, upright clumping habit.

Plant Height

60 inches

Plant Width

36 inches


Light green leaves marked with wide, bright yellow horizontal bands.


Bronze plumes flower in fall.


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