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Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens

Synonym(s) Miscanthus oligostachyus 'Purpurascens'
Common name flame grass
Family poaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers burgundy/tan (late summer-fall)
Size 6'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Large clump-forming warm-season grass. Throughout most of the season, it is merely a useful filler, good for screening and consistent greenery. Then in late summer its flowers appear, which add some extra pizzazz. But the real show doesn't come until October, when its leaves gradually turn orange and light up whatever part of the garden it lives in. We have ours next to the pond, where we can see it from our back windows.

flame grass
It's still green in mid-summer
Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens
Colorful flowers (for a grass, anyway)

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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