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Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
Common Name (Alternative): Flame Grass

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.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  4-6 Feet
Spread:
  2 Feet
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance 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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude')
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
Common Name: Aster-New England
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Chrysanthemum 'Rhumba'
Common Name: Mum-Hardy Garden
5,6,7,8,9
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Echinacea SUNDOWN™ ('Evan Saul' PP17659)
Common Name: Coneflower
4,5,6,7,8
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Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' PP16122 COPF
Common Name: Joe Pye Weed
3,4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.