Ornamental Grasses Photo Gallery Page 10

Zebra Grass (miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus') (123910 bytes) Zebra Grass (miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus') fall plumes (103262 bytes) Zebra Grass (miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus') fall plume (5746 bytes) Zebra Grass (miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus') foliage (2087 bytes) Zebra Grass (miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus') is a versatile, easily grown clump-forming grass that grows well in any well-drained soil, from sandy to heavy clay. It prefers full sun to partial shade and is tolerant of summer heat. The foliage is noted for its horizontal, zebra-like yellow banding. Clumps tend to slowly expand in circumference, but retain their tight clump shape and grow to as much as 8 feet in height. Silvery flower plumes grow another two feet above the foliage and persist into winter. Foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crowns. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring, just before new shoots appear.

No frequently occurring insect or disease problems have been noted in this plant, although it is susceptible to collapsing in winter from heavy snows.

 grass,little bluestem,schizachyrium scoparium  (117270 bytes) Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium in fall (125595 bytes) Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) seedheads (87352 bytes) Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) grows about 3 foot tall and is the shortest of the Bluestem varieties. This grass is adapted to drier regions and grows in most of the eastern plains.A small, non-spreading, clump-forming grass with blue-green leaves that turn bronze-red in the fall. Fluffy silver seed heads are ornamental through winter.Grow in dry to average soil in full sun.Tolerates heat and humidity easily.This is an excellent short grass for the garden. Use freely in sunny borders, native plant gardens, naturalized areas, prairies and meadows. Excellent in massed plantings. Provides food and cover for wildlife.Hardy zones 5-9.



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Photographs courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

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