Flame Grass

Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Ornamental Grass
Plant Family: Poaceae
Plant Description: A clump forming ornamental grass. Mid-green grass blades are tinged with red and turn a brilliant red-orange in the fall. The leaves retain a burgundy color through winter. Silvery seedheads appear in late summer turning to tan in the fall. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils but prefers regular watering.


Maintenance Type: Ornamental Grass - Medium
Plant Care: Ornamental Grass - Medium (showy non-turf grasses that go dormant in winter, 3-6' tall): Use hand pruners or hedger to cut and remove 2/3 of the total grass height. Trim edges. For warm season grasses (more common), this is best done in late winter to early spring. For cool season grasses apply the same maintenance practices in the late fall, once the plant is dormant.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 4-5' tall x 3' wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Foundation Plant, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: Red
Bloom Seasons: Summer
Bloom Period: Aug - Sep

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs morning sun), Part Sun (4-6 hrs afternoon sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Moderate (1/2" every 7-10 days)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Unknown

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • Education Center Parking
    • Garden Entrance
  • Design Path
    • Survey First
  • Planting Path
    • Avoiding Erosion
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter