Common Name: Flame Grass, Ornamental Grass Miscanthus sinensis 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)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 ContainerEclectic

Other Features:Border PlantContainerCut FlowerCut FoliageDried FlowerEasy To GrowMass PlantingSalt TolerantSpecimenFocal 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.