Purple Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens’)

Purple Flame Grass

Yes, this is the Ornamental Grass you’ve seen around town and fallen in love with! Nothing brings movement and motion to your garden like the flowing plumes of great warm-season grass. Purple Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens’) is a perennial grass that comes back year after year.

It’s called Flame Grass because of its striking orange-red fall color. With year-round appeal, it is definitely one of the more useful and popular of the taller grasses in use today.

It brings such a striking look to your landscape. You’ll love it all year long. The bright spring green blades emerge and grow quickly. They’ll start to gain a reddish tinge which gradually develops into deeper red hues as summer progresses.

In late summer, red-tinged stalks start to appear above the tops of the grass. They’ll form tassel-like flowers that turn a creamy white as they mature.

Then, in the fall, the foliage turns brilliant orange-red. That’s when you’ll know why it was named after a blazing fire. The intense fall color contrasts so beautifully with the striking, creamy-white seed plumes.

In winter, the foliage settles into a lovely burgundy color with age. This pretty purple continues to offset the white plumes. They’ll persist well into winter, providing nice winter interest. You can also cut the plumes and dry them for gorgeous, natural winter flower arrangements indoors.

You’ll cherish the look of this beautiful, carefree Ornamental Grass. Our growers take pride in developing excellent plants. You’ll receive top-grade materials directly from the field and shipped right to your door. Enjoy these wonderful plants.

How to Use Purple Flame Grass in the Landscape

The plant has become a staple in many urban landscape designs!

The plant is a perfect selection in both the home garden and commercial landscapes. It looks especially good when planted where the light from the setting sun can be seen through it. The dynamic color simply glows at the end of the day. Let the swaying motion and rustling sound add their graces to your Garden of the Senses and tranquility gardens.

Purple Flame Grass makes a wonderful addition to natural-looking planting plans. Use a long row of them along the edge of your patio. Or, try it in mass plantings for erosion control along a slope. It easily adds a rustic charm to mixed plantings—even in the smallest yards.

Use it as an accent plant, as a unique screener around your pool, and as a handsome backdrop to your perennial border. It even makes a wonderful ‘Thriller’ in your favorite container!

Use on the sunny side of taller evergreen trees. Add Red Twigged Dogwood shrubs and sculptural Yucca shrubs in front. You’ll create a wonderful view for yourself and your guests from the deck.

  • Dramatic Red-Tinged Blades
  • Adds Bold Impact to your Landscape Design
  • Large, Fluffy White Plumes
  • Outstanding Fiery Fall Color
  • Ornamental Grasses Capture the Wind and Bring Motion to your Landscape
  • Leave Them Standing for Winter Interest
  • Amazing Mass Plantings

Tips for Care

Purple Flame Grass is the most versatile plant in the landscape. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils, from well-drained sandy soils to heavy clay. It grows in urban environments where air pollution can be a challenge. It’s also a low-maintenance plant that is pest and disease free. It can easily take both summer heat and high humidity.

Purple Flame Grass is easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade It is widely adapted to different climates and soil types, as long as they are well-drained.

A low-water user once established, Flame Grass maintains its tight clump and upright appearance. Though tolerant of some partial shade, it’s best to provide at least 8 hours of direct sun to ensure upright growth and abundant blooms.

Prune Purple Flame Grass back to the ground in late winter or very early spring to rejuvenate its fresh, dark green leaves for springtime. You’ll be amazed each year, watching as the foliage quickly bounces right back to its full height by early summer. Warm-season grasses may green up later in the spring, but really shine once the hot, dry summer weather kicks in so have patience!

  • Full Sun For Best Color
  • Water-Wise Variety Shows Drought Tolerance
  • Warm Season Perennial Grass Has Cold Hardiness
  • Disease Resistant
  • Deer Resistant, They Tend to Leave this Plant Alone
  • Easy Care, Only One Pruning a Year in Early Spring

The Miscanthus genus consists of up to 20 different varieties with some being restricted to certain parts of the country.

Purple Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens’) Details

Common name Purple Flame Grass
Botanical name Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens'
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 4 - 5 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Low
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Flower color White
Leaf color Perennial