Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass 'Strictus'

Miscanthus sinensis

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


Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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:

Alpharetta, Georgia

Woodstock, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Zionsville, Indiana

Hesston, Kansas

Columbiaville, Michigan

Mason, Michigan

Temperance, Michigan

Lincoln, Nebraska

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Concord, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Richfield, Ohio

North Augusta, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Cypress, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

Temple, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2015, larrytex1947 from Tyler, TX wrote:

Have had two of these grasses in yard for several years (3-5yrs) planted about 6' apart - need to be divided as they are about 24" diameter now and crowd the area (my bad) - they get mostly full sun all day - clayish soil keeps moisture around them. As most larger grasses - pampas grass and bamboos - the leaves can cut skin - maybe do not plant too close to high-traffic areas.


On Jan 20, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

When I discovered a few cultivars of Eulaliagrass as this Porcupine Chinese Silvergrass in the early 1990's, I really liked them and planted a number. However, I discovered that the big cultivars as this, Zebra, and Silver Feather get so huge and fall over alot. The middle of the clump often dies out after 5 to 10 years and it is so difficult to dig them up to reset them. Many people just don't ever dig them up and allow a dead center. The leaves are sort of sharp edged and can cut your hand. Recently in southeast PA I have seen some Eulaliagrass cultivars escaping cultivation into the meadows and it looks terrible. They are invasive East Asian plants in the USA.


On Jun 23, 2010, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i bought this plant for its varigated striped leaves. also in keeping with an Asian look to my yard. requires a fair amount of watering here during the summer. does not like to be dry at all. goes to looking very brown and shaggy if i ignor it. also, the leaves are razor sharp. found that out when i was cutting them back for the winter. the worst of paper cuts you could imagine. i still like the looks of it, really adds nice curb appeal to my yard. i wont be removing it from my landscape any time soon. it fits very well into place. just wear gloves !


On Jul 11, 2004, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Porcupine Grass does wonderful for me in zone 5b, I rarely water it and it forms a nice clump without getting out of control. I like to use the stalks in floral arrangements. Stay looking nice a long time.


On Jul 11, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

My miscanthus strictus died back considerably after one winter in my garden on the edge between zones 4 & 5, and died off completely after the second winter. It was planted in a sheletered spot near my septic tank, but it was quite a wet area--which may have been the problem.


On Jul 10, 2004, maigard from Zionsville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Foliage is held quite upright with very attractive yellow banding. Does very well in our clay soil. Once established it rarely requires supplemental watering.