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Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'
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Plant Type: Grasses

Spectacular fall color and cold hardiness make this Miscanthus stand out. Foliage shows maroon wash turning reddish orange in fall – contrasting nicely with the feathery white plumes. Reddish-tinged flowers appear on tassel-like plumes above the foliage in late summer and in fall gradually become creamy white. Burgundy foliage and creamy white plumes remain long into winter. Picture-perfect with sunshine highlighting the silky plumes.

Autumn Red will be the star of your fall garden with its showy red-to-purple foliage and numerous straw-yellow flower spikes. A nice compact grower, it fits well into smaller spaces. Don’t water stress this Miscanthus, Autumn Red likes average-to-moist soils with moderate fertility.

Also called ‘Flame Grass’. From early to mid season, the leaves are a pleasant gray-green. In the fall, they turn a brilliant reddish-orange, 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 plumes which are especially lovely when backlit by the early morning or late afternoon sun.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green turning to red in fall

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Plant Height


Scape Height

Hardness Zone

5-9 but hardy in NE Iowa

Soil Moisture

Fairly moist.

Characteristics & Attributes


Bloom Time

Mid-Fall to late Fall

Critter Resistance


Full Sun. Good accent plant.

Growth Rate

Slow in spring, then fast until frost.

Seasonal Interests

Summer, fall & winter