Purple Silver Grass

Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens'

Slightly gray-green blades in summer turn brilliant red-orange in fall. Attractive coloring lasting through the winter. Mauve-colored feathery plumes rise above the foliage. A focal point for borders and containers. Herbaceous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Needs less frequent watering, once established.


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Average Size at MaturityCompact, upright clumps 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide; flower stalks 5 to 6 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasBold color in three seasons makes this grass a highly variable accent for gardens. Purplish tinge intensifies with onset of fall. This great big accent for beds and borders will stand out from green plants at a time when few are blooming. Plant against a dark or neutral background for dramatic visibility. Ideal for rock gardens and conifer borders, or simply plant a stand around the base of masonry columns or pilasters. Will make a gorgeous pair or matched foursome to frame a favorite sculpture or freestanding classical stone column. Perfect near water gardens as wildlife cover, and in conjunction with tiered or wall fountains to disguise mechanical pumps, filters, pipes and wires.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Needs less frequent watering, once established.
Companion PlantsNinebark (Physocarpus); Juniper (Juniperus); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranesbill (Geranium); Catmint (Nepeta)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 7

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