Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’

Zebra grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’, commonly known as Zebra Grass, is a captivating ornamental grass that brings dynamic appeal to landscapes. Standing at approximately 1-1.5 metres tall, its upright growth showcases striking horizontal bands across the leaves, resembling zebra stripes. In summer, graceful plumes emerge, transitioning from pinkish hues to creamy white, creating a stunning contrast against the foliage.

This deciduous grass forms clumps that sway gracefully in the wind, adding movement to garden beds and borders. Zebra Grass thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. With its distinct appearance and low-maintenance nature, ‘Zebrinus’ is a favored choice for adding texture, height, and visual interest to gardens throughout the seasons.

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Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea
Genus: Miscanthus
Species / Cultivar: sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Common Name: Zebra grass

Plant Biography

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’, or Zebra Grass, has a rich history in horticulture and landscaping. Originating from Eastern Asia, particularly China and Japan, this grass has been cultivated for its aesthetic appeal and versatile uses for centuries.

‘Zebrinus’ is a product of deliberate hybridisation, chosen for its unique horizontal striping that resembles zebra patterns. This cultivar’s introduction marked a significant contribution to available grass species for landscaping.

Zebra Grass gained popularity for its striking appearance, hardiness, and adaptability. Its use in gardens brought exotic elegance and textural contrast. Beyond visuals, it’s used for erosion control in various regions.

Today, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ represents the blend of nature’s beauty with human ingenuity. It continues to grace gardens worldwide, a testament to horticultural artistry and enduring appeal.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Feeding the grasses

Grasses, in general, have really low requirements for fertilisers. They can thrive in any soil, as long as it’s well drained.

For a thriving garden, a high nitrogen, slow release fertiliser is encouraged. Feed with slow release bamboo fertiliser twice a year to encourage strong healthy plants.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’, or Zebra Grass, is fairly straightforward. Plant it in a location that receives full sun and ensure well-draining soil. Regular watering during the establishment phase is essential, but once established, it can tolerate dry conditions.

In late winter or early spring, trim back the previous year’s growth to a few inches above the ground to make way for new growth. This pruning also prevents the clump from becoming overcrowded. Mulching around the base helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. With minimal care, Zebra Grass will flourish, adding its unique texture and visual appeal to your landscape.


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