Enjoy this striped dwarf perennial grass in your full sun garden and create a spectacular small hedge or landscape border, or highlight it as a specimen plant in your smaller landscape. Smaller than traditional M. sinensis which can reach great heights and widths, Little Zebra will bring the pizzaz and movement without all that upkeep. Bright green leaves have creamy yellow interruptions along the arching grass stems, and then you get flowers! Silvery white plumes of flower heads reach for the sky and sway in the wind, creating movement and texture in your landscape. It resists deer browsing and birds love the seed heads. Coastal gardeners will appreciate its salt tolerance as will Northern gardeners who live near salted winter roads.
Miscanthus sinensis is native to China and Japan, and grows in Zones 5 to 9 as a perennial ornamental grass. Little Zebra Dwarf Zebra Grass brings you all the great features of its parent grass and brings a smaller size that allows for easier care and maintenance. Growing in open fields and preferring a full sun location, Little Zebra can be grown in partial shade in hotter summer regions of its hardiness zone. It can tolerate average to poor soil, and does not have to be planted in well draining soil. It makes an excellent erosion control for a wet area where most plants fail to thrive. Zebra grass readily spreads via rhizomes and reseeds readily, becoming invasive in some regions of the country. Consult with your county extension agent if you are concerned about it for your location.
Little Zebra Dwarf Zebra Grass Care
Plant in full sun in cool summer zones, and give Little Zebra some afternoon shade in the hottest summer months in the Deep South. Growing equally well in poor soil or in the average garden soil, it can grow in wet areas that other plants cannot grow in. Tolerating acidic to neutral soil pH of 5.8 to 6.2, as long as it finds the moisture it needs, it will thrive. Fertilization is typically not needed, but you can amend particularly poor soil with some well composted organic matter worked into the top layer to give this tough plant all it needs to survive. Water often, especially in extended dry periods or if you are planting this in a patio container. Providing some root zone cover with a good quality mulch will help to protect it from winter frost heaving and provide some moisture retention.
Deadheading is not necessary for Little Zebra Dwarf as it produces so many flowering stems and the spent heads are an attraction to songbirds who love the seeds. Prune your grass in late fall or winter down to the ground or leave just a few inches above ground to prepare the way for the new spring growth. Zebra grass has few insect or disease problems and is generally a healthy plant.
Little Zebra Dwarf Zebra Grass Spacing
Space plants about 24 to 36 inches apart to allow room to grow and to get that lovely movement when the wind blows. Growing to 48 inches tall and spreading out to 36 inches wide, this grass makes a great landscape border or privacy hedge when massed out in a line. Plant grasses a little closer to each other for a privacy hedge to fill in the spaces. Whether you grow this as a specimen plant or as a hedge row or landscape border, you are going to appreciate the color, form and texture that Little Zebra Dwarf Zebra grass will lend to your garden and home this spring.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.