Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’ – ‘Flame Grass’

The beauty of what we commonly call ‘Flame grass’ is that from rather plain green grass in spring, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens’ turns into a showstopper.

As the weather warms up, the stems turn to stunning red to burnt orange colour that adds vibrance to the garden border.

And then the seed heads, a feathery look that contrasts with the stems. This is a medium to tall growing grass reaching around 4 – 5ft (1.8m) in height including the flower/seed heads. and it adds structure to the garden.

How To Grow Flame Grass

Given that Flame Grass grows well in cold climates, is deer resistant and is non invasive it is widely used, this is how you grow it.

  • Light and Position
    Select a position in full sun for a number of reasons.
    The warmth and light of the sun promote good healthy growth.
    The direct sun also intensifies the colors of the stems which is after all the main attraction.
    Plant near the back the border as this is a tall growing ornamental grass.
  • Soil
    As long as the soil does not get water logged Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’ is not that fussy. The better the soil the faster it grows, however from any soils through to clay it grows well.
  • Where To Plant
    Select a position where ‘Flame Grass’ has a chance to grow without crowding out other plants. The back of the border is excellent, at the fronton the border it can act as a visual real.
  • Water requirements
    Once established flame grass requires very little extra water except in very hot dry areas or during long drought conditions. Water well through the first summer and them a good soaking in very dry times.
  • Fertilizer
    In all but the poorest soils no fertilizer is required. However a good application of a slow release fertilizer in spring every two years will promote stronger growth.

What Climate does Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’ – ‘Flame Grass’ require?

Best in USDA Zones : 4a – 8a

Where is Flame Grass popular ?

Flame grass is popular in the following States

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
    • Michigan
    • Missouri
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • North Carolina
    • Rhode Island
    • Utah
    • Washington
    • Wisconsin

    Not so popular in the following states

    Alabama, California, Florida andTexas