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Little Dot Grass, Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass
Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Puenktchen


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Pensacola, Florida

Greenville, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Springfield, Missouri

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 29, 2011, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant got run over by a moving truck and lived.


On Feb 11, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hybridized by Ernst Pagels (Germany).


On Nov 13, 2007, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant forms large clumps and in fall shows beautiful tufts. In Tx. I grow it anywhere from part to full sun, this is a real tuff plant, no insects, diseases and is drought tolerant.


On Feb 6, 2006, rebecca30 from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought a 1 gallon pot of zebra grass at HD about 3 years ago. It comes back every year. The only thing is it does't seem to have grown any larger. I am thinking about moving it to another location. Perhaps the Mimosa tree that has grown over the years has shaded it. Last fall I collected seeds from it. I am wondering will I get baby plants from these seeds if I place it in a seed tray. I will try and experiment with it this growing season. Stay tuned.