Common Name: Ornamental Grass, Flame Grass Grass Miscan.Purpurascens

Height: 4.0-6.0 Feet

Spread: 2.0 Feet

Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Flower Color: White Shades

Foliage Color: Green shades

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

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs or Consistent Water Needs

Soil Quality: Poor Soil Quality or Average Soil Quality

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

Bloomtime: Late Summer

Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant

Seasonal Interest: Dried Seed Heads

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style:  Patio Container, Eclectic

Other Features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Easy To Grow, Mass Planting, Specimen, Focal Point

Origin: Not Native to North America


One of the very best Miscanthus cultivars available today. Its fantastic fall color, upright habit, early flowering time, and extreme cold hardiness have certainly earned it this recognition. 

From early to midseason, the leaves are a pleasant grey-green. In late summer and fall, they take on brilliant orange and red tones, hence the name 'Flame Grass'. The seed heads begin to appear in late summer with magenta hues. As winter approaches, they transform into silky white panicles which are especially lovely when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.

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.


Gardening Tips:

M. 'Purpurascens' is easy to grow, though it is not drought-tolerant and suffers in extreme heat. Supplemental watering and placement in partial shade will help offset any heat stress. This ornamental grass will grow in almost any soil, from loose sand to heavy clay, and does not require good drainage. Fertilization is not necessary either. Divide this grass in spring or early summer to give it time to establish its roots before winter arrives. Only in the mildest of climates should this grass be divided in the fall.