Miscanthus purpurascens

available late May

Miscanthus Purpurascens photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Orange Flame Grass

About This Grass

Miscanthus purpurascens is the hardiest Miscanthus available. Its fantastic fall colour, upright habit, early flowering time, and extreme cold hardiness make it an exceptional choice for a garden that is more exposed. From early to midseason, the leaves are a pleasant grey-green. In the fall, they turn brilliant reddish orange, hence the name 'Flame Grass'. The seed heads, which begin to appear in late summer, develop magenta hues. As winter approaches, they transform into silky white plumes, which are especially lovely when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun. The burgundy foliage and creamy white plumes persist well into the winter.

  • Height: 152 - 183 cm (5-6 ft)
  • Spread: 91 - 122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: Sun to light shade
  • Bloom Time: early Fall
  • Leaf Colour: medium green
  • Bloom Colour: reddish tinged plumes age to white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Miscanthus prefers moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial sun. It is adaptable to many soil types including clay and sandy soils. The clump expands slowly by short rhizomes but will retain a tight clumping form. The foliage should be left standing throughout the winter for visual interest and to provide protection for the crown.