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    Flame Grass

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens'

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    Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Flame Grass in bloom

    Flame Grass in bloom

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    Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Flame Grass fruit

    Flame Grass fruit

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Flame Grass

    Flame Grass

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  5 feet

    Spread:  4 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3a

    Other Names:  Japanese Silver Grass

    Ornamental Features

    Flame Grass features bold plumes of coral-pink flowers rising above the foliage in late summer. The silver seed heads are carried on showy plumes displayed in abundance from early fall to late winter. Its grassy leaves are green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous coppery-bronze in the fall. The brick red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Flame Grass is an herbaceous perennial grass with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Flame Grass is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Vertical Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • General Garden Use
    • Groundcover

    Planting & Growing

    Flame Grass will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features

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