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

Miscanthus sinensis

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


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)

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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid 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 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:

Centre, Alabama

Bigelow, Arkansas

Clayton, California

San Leandro, California

Stockton, California

Vacaville, California

Middletown, Connecticut

Athens, Georgia

Deary, Idaho

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Mapleton, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Johnston, Iowa

Ewing, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Bellaire, Michigan

Garden City, Michigan

Mason, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Toms River, New Jersey

Rocky Point, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Kinston, North Carolina

Canton, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Orient, Ohio

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Collierville, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

League City, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Clifton Forge, Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 30, 2013, JudyNoIdaho from Deary, ID wrote:

I planted 5 Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus' plants about 5 years ago, and they have thrived and performed nicely! I've been very pleased. Even though my area is considered Zone 5, we are right in the mountains, so some winters are much colder. Consequently, I really have to plant for Zone 4. I was dubious they would survive, but I planted them against the garage wall with western exposure. Because of the garage they are in the shade until mid morning, but then they receive sun the rest of the day and get the really hot afternoon west sunlight. They seem to love it! I've never pampered them, and only cut them back in the early spring. I've never divided them. The soil is amended clay, so not great soil either. They do get regular water twice a week from the sprinkler system which he... read more


On Jun 30, 2011, ctlandscaper from Long Hill, CT wrote:

Zebra Grass is no doubt my favorite of all ornamental grasses. This is a fairly fast-growing grass, achieving 6' in height and 4' in width in just a couple years. My two zebra grasses are over 8 years old and still performing beautifully! They grow well in locations that receive at least 4 hours of sun per day. GREAT visual interest for every landscape.


On Jun 2, 2010, BJames1 from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was the first ornamental grass I dealt with when I dived into gardening. My original planting is still going strong, despite having not been divided or given any special attention (except for an annual haircut to remove dead foliage when I happen to not overlook it) for 10+ years! I really like the horizontal banding of the leaf blades, but the habit of 'Zebrinus' is not the best. Basically, it flops--both figuratively and literally. It will stand strong when it first emerges and continue as such into the summer but the closer it gets to plume time, the more and more it flattens out. I do like my 'Zebrinus,' but I wish it stay more upright like its cousin 'Strictus.' Still a fine grass!


On May 13, 2010, vmadison from Louisville, KY wrote:

My zebra grass is growing well, but it has no stripes. Has anyone experienced this? If so, what causes this? I have had it in the same place for many years and it has always done well there. Thanks.


On Jan 15, 2010, kutzy from Carlisle, PA wrote:

I really like zebra grass and it is so easy to divide the clump and transplant new ones.

However every fall after it is 6 feet tall and the first big rain storm or wind, all the stalks bend over.
I was wondering to prevent them from bending, could I cut back to a couple feet mid-summer so they don't get so tall and leggy?


On Jul 13, 2007, Meig from Far Northwest 'burbs, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

I cannot grow this grass at all. I have planted it three times in three different spots and each time it has not survived the winter. It would be growing gangbusters during the warm season then never come back the next spring. I guess it does not like the winds I get here on the "prairie".


On Apr 1, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Easy care grass. not invasive (a clumper), likes to be divided every couple of years. Gorgeous horizontal striations, attractive plumes in the fall. Nice winter interest.


On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is my favorite Miscanthus, and one of my favorite grasses. The striped foliage is so fascinating, and the plumes are icing on the cake! This is a grass that just about anyone would appreciate.


On Sep 2, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.,
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this grass in my garden, esp. with a spotlight on it at night for parties. Grown best as a specimen plant in full sun.

This deciduous broadleaf grass has long arching foliage with horizontal yellow bands and sends up flowering plumes in late summer to fall. Keep moist but not soggy during growing season and cut to the ground in late winter. Will tolerate soils from sandy and loam to clay.