Family: Poaceae

Scientific Name: Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus

Common Name: Zebra Grass


Zebra Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) is a large ornamental grass with bands of yellow variegation on the leaves.

Plant TypeGrass Ornamental
Hardiness Zone4-9
Soil & Siteaverage
Leaveshorizontal bands of yellow variegation
DimensionsReaches over 6 feet tall by 2-3 feet spread, upright growth habit
MaintenanceFor interest, structure and form allow plants to remain through the winter than cut back plants in the spring
Native SiteSpecies plants native to the slopes, low lands and mountains of Japan. Also native to southern Korea and China.
Misc Facts"Genus name comes from the Greek words miskos meaning a stem and anthos meaning flower in reference to the stalked spikelets. Specific epithet means Chinese" (#144) AKA: Maiden Grass, Chinese Silver Grass, Japanese Silver Grass, Susuki Grass, or Eulalia Grass.
Author's NotesI have used this plant in landscapes and it was labeled Zebra grass. I have also used a grass very similar to this labeled as Porcupine grass. Very hard to tell the difference.
Notes & Reference#222-The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (Rick Darke), #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (
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