Common Name: Dwarf Zebra Grass, Ornamental Grass Miscanthus sinensis Little Zebra

Height:3.0-4.0 Feet

Spread:2.0-3.0 Feet

Hardiness Zones:5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color:Purple-red shades

Foliage Color:Variegated

Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Average Water NeedsConsistent Water Needs

Soil Quality:Poor Soil QualityAverage Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime:Late Summer

Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant

Seasonal Interest:Dried Seed Heads

Growth Rate:Medium

Garden Style:Patio ContainerEclecticRain GardenRock Garden

Other Features:Border PlantContainerCut FlowerCut FoliageDried FlowerEasy To GrowMass PlantingSpecimenFocal Point


Ease of maintenance and reliable bloom makes this one of the most popular ornamental grasses on the market. Though it looks like M. 'Zebrinus' with its distinctive gold banding, this variety is shorter, more upright, and keeps its color all season. 

'Little Zebra' flowers reliably every year in late summer, even when the weather is unusually cool. The lovely reddish purple plumes are held about 1' above the foliage, changing to a creamy tan color in winter. 

Miscanthus is versatile from a design standpoint; it can be used as a specimen, for massing or screening, in large containers, or at the pond's edge. Plant this grass where its wonderful winter interest can be enjoyed.