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How to Care for Porcupine Grass

Easy-to-follow Instructions on How to Care for Porcupine Grass

Grown extensively as an ornamental grass, the porcupine grass is now a common name in the United States. While growing this grass is relatively easy, in this article, we'll learn how to properly care for this plant.
Ratnashri Dutta
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2018
Porcupine grass or the Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus', is an ornamental grass type. It is considered to be very attractive because of the golden-colored designs its on leaves. Just like plants, different grasses need different types of treatment. The procedure for growing this grass is different, and so is caring for it. With the help of the following pointers, you can take proper care of your porcupine grass.
Moist Soil
The grass has to be grown in sandy soil or in a soil that is well drained. Too much water is bad for it. At the same time, don't keep the soil completely dry; use moist soil.
Proper Light
Make sure the grass gets enough sunlight. If the area is partly shaded, even that will do. Sunlight is important for its proper growth.
Water Well and Remove Old Foliage
Water this grass regularly, mainly during their blooming season, as you need to have well-developed roots so that the grass can absorb enough nutrition from the soil. The area where this grass grows, should be free from old and decayed plants and leaves, otherwise the grass will face problems while growing.
Fertilizers and pH Level are Important
Add fertilizers to the soil, as they increase the soil's nutritional value and also get rid of any weeds. Also, get a soil pH test done. This grass (specifically) prefers a pH level of at least 6.8 to 7.0.
No Pests, No Worries
One thing you do not have to worry about while growing this kind of grass is pests and diseases. That's one thing this type of grass does not suffer from. Its propagation is from division and seeds, during fall and spring. Some people, cut the grass back to the ground in spring, so that the fresh, new grass does not mix with previous year's brown and dead foliage.
Some Interesting Facts
  • This grass mainly grows in Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China, and in temperate regions such as North America.
  • They have low basal leaves, with small tufts of leaf-like structures which are around 3-3.5 inches tall.
  • They prefer moderately dry conditions and a sandy soil.
  • They can also grow in a fertile, loamy soil.
  • It grows up to a height of around 7 to 8 feet and bloom mainly in the months of August-November.
  • When it blooms for the first time, it is whitish in color. Later, as it grows, it turns green.
  • People plant this grass in order to keep away rodents and other pests from their garden.
  • It is also used to make paper.
Make sure that the grass is always tended to. Though caring for this grass is not difficult, it is important you follow at least the instructions mentioned above.