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Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

Also called Flame Grass


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

More About Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

  • Forms a tight clump of arching green leaves on sturdy stalks
  • M. purpurascens has softer-textured leaves than most miscanthus
  • Grass turns a brilliant orange-red in the fall
  • Bloom Time: August to October
  • Flower Type: Feathery panicles
  • Flower colour: Red turning to creamy-white
  • Flower Height: 150 cm
  • Foliage Height: 100-120 cm
  • Grass Type: Warm Season

Interesting Notes:

Warm Season Grasses: These grasses are much slower starting in the spring. They do not push new growth until temperatures warm in early to midsummer. They flower later in the summer or fall with most blooms remaining into the winter. Most warm season grasses tolerate heat, humidity and drought; some even thrive in these conditions.

 

Zone:

4

Height:

120-150 cm

Spread:

80-100 cm

Colour:

Purple,Red
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Purple Flame Grass Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plants should be divided, in the spring, every few years, to maintain freshness. Foliage can be left standing all winter, however, it should be pruned early to mid-spring to make way for new growth

Note: Miscanthus purpurascens can be invasive.


Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Average to Dry Soils
Well-drained
Moist to Average

Attributes

Fall Color

Flowering Time

Lt. Sum-Fall
Winter
Fall

Habit

Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Specimen
Screening (privacy)

 Suitable Substitutions for Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Red'

Miscanthus sinensis 'Autumn Red'

Autumn Red Maiden Grass