Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Common Name: Zebra Grass  
Plant photo of: Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Grass


Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Filler, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Linda Engstrom, JJ Neilso
  • Description

  • Notes

Zebra grass is a dynamic addition to a garden. This Miscanthus has an upright, arching habit, and wide green leaves with distinctive yellow banding. Its plume emerges coppery pink in late summer, then turns a lovely tawny color that lasts through the fall and into the winter. The foliage clumps grow about 5 to 6 feet tall and wide, with the plume standing an additional 1 to 2 feet above the foliage.
Miscanthus grow in full sun to bright shade, though white variegated forms appreciate a little mid-day shade. Provide well drained soils; sandy-loam to clay-loam will do just fine. All Miscanthus should be cut back in late winter to early spring, about the time that spring bulbs are emerging. Cut back to within inches of the ground. Like other ornamental grasses, Miscanthus pairs well with spring flowering bulbs. See Guides for details.