Zebra grass, also called eulalia grass or Chinese silver grass, is an ornamental grass with tall, swaying fronds.
Zoom in on Zebra grass facts
Name – Miscanthus sinensis
Family – Poaceae
Type – perennial, grass
Height – 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m)
Exposure – full sun
Soil: ordinary – Foliage: evergreen – Flowering: all of fall
Planting zebra grass, Chinese silver grass
There are different ways of planting it:
- as a standalone,
- in clusters to make Zebra grass flower beds,
- and along a line to form a hedge (much like bana grass, another grassy hedge that’s great to lock intruders out).
Zebra grass care
For hedges, plant them 3 feet apart (1 m).
Water often, and alot, during the first and second year.
Later on, you won’t need to water anymore.
As described below, the only care you’ll need to give it is a yearly trimming at the end of winter.
Trimming zebra grass, Chinese silver grass
Give the clump a low haircut at that time.
If you want to multiply your Miscanthus, do so through crown division in spring:
- With a spade, chop the clump in half
- Tease out the portion that you want to move
- Plant it in its new spot, and water abundantly
Learn more about Miscanthus sinensis
It is recognizable thanks to its distinctive floral scapes and stalks that remain on the plant all winter long.
This grass only requires very little care and makes for easy growing.
Smart tip about zebra grass, also called maiden grass
You can set it up in a bed or as a standalone, and spread pozzolana for mulch: it is particularly well suited to this plant and matches its ornamental style well.