Little Zebra

As much as I love color in the garden, I also love the foliage of ornamental grasses.

Miscanthus sinesisLittle Zebra’ has been a great accent grass for the side of my garage.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'

This area was hard to mow from day one and always had that lonely, sad, make me pretty sort of look.

Now a bird feeder, toad house, and ‘Little Zebra’ has given this wall new life.

little zebra grass


Miscanthus sinesis is a perennial in zones 5-9.

zebra grass

It will get anywhere from 3-4′ tall and will spread 2-3′.  In mid summer and early fall, it sends up stalks about 2 ft. tall.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'

It is called zebra grass because the foliage has alternating light and dark green stripes on each blade.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra'

In the winter, it will turn brown and make a soothing, rustling sound in a light breeze.

zebra grass

Around late February to early March, I cut back the brown leaves and the process starts again.

zebra grass

It does love a sunny spot in the garden but will tolerate part shade.  In my location (zone 7), it receives full sun until mid afternoon and then it is in full shade.

‘Little Zebra’ has been pretty low maintenance for me. This particular grass is happy in a variety of soils from sandy to heavy clay (I am more clay and rock) but the bed does slope some and keeps it well-drained.  I’ve also read it should be kept moist but I have found that after it is established, it can be very forgiving in dry soil.  This particular grass has not been invasive for me, but check about different species as they can become a nuisance.

Also, another big plus for ornamental grasses is they are usually not bothered by disease or pests which makes this a hands down winner in my book.


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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8 Responses to Little Zebra

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    It’s a beautiful grass! I have the big zebra grass and it’s in full bloom right now. I’ve seen it cut in a vase and it’s great that way too!


  2. ChgoJohn says:

    There are so many beautiful grasses available. Your Little Zebra is certainly one of them


  3. I love this grass as it stands up to my voles so far too.


  4. Miscanthus is usually not one of my favorite grasses but I like this one. Nice and compact habit,


  5. Karen says:

    I love ornamental grasses and the stripes on this one are great!


  6. Mags Corner says:

    That is beautiful. I love the ornamental grasses and tell myself every year I am going to plant some but somehow never get it done. Seeing yours makes me want to plant some more than ever now. When is the best time of year to plant them? Hugs


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