Purple Flame Grass

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Spectacular Color and Form Purple Flame Grass

Yes, this is the Ornamental Grass you've seen around town and fallen in love with! Nothing brings movement and motion to your garden like the flowing plumes of great warm-season grass. Purple Flame Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens') is a perennial grass that comes back year after year.

It's called Flame Grass because of its striking orange-red fall color. With year-round appeal, it is definitely one of the more useful and popular of the taller grasses in use today.

It brings such a striking look to your landscape. You'll love it all year long. The bright spring green blades emerge and grow quickly. They'll start to gain a reddish tinge which gradually develops into deeper red hues as summer progresses.

In late summer, red-tinged stalks start to appear above the tops of the grass. They'll form tassel-like flowers that turn a creamy white as they mature.

Then, in the fall, the foliage turns brilliant orange-red. That's when you'll know why it was named after a blazing fire. The intense fall color contrasts so beautifully with the striking, creamy-white seed plumes.

In winter, the foliage settles into a lovely burgundy color with age. This pretty purple continues to offset the white plumes. They'll persist well into winter, providing nice winter interest. You can also cut the plumes and dry them for gorgeous, natural winter flower arrangements indoors.

You'll cherish the look of this beautiful, carefree Ornamental Grass. Our growers take pride in developing excellent plants. You'll receive top-grade materials directly from the field and shipped right to your door. Enjoy these wonderful plants. Order from Nature Hills today!

How to Use Purple Flame Grass in the Landscape

The plant has become a staple in many urban landscape designs!

The plant is a perfect selection in both the home garden and commercial landscapes. It looks especially good when planted where the light from the setting sun can be seen through it. The dynamic color simply glows at the end of the day. Let the swaying motion and rustling sound add their graces to your Garden of the Senses and tranquility gardens.

Purple Flame Grass makes a wonderful addition to natural-looking planting plans. Use a long row of them along the edge of your patio. Or, try it in mass plantings for erosion control along a slope. It easily adds a rustic charm to mixed plantings—even in the smallest yards.

Use it as an accent plant, as a unique screener around your pool, and as a handsome backdrop to your perennial border. It even makes a wonderful 'Thriller' in your favorite container!

Use on the sunny side of taller evergreen trees. Add Red Twigged Dogwood shrubs and sculptural Yucca shrubs in front. You'll create a wonderful view for yourself and your guests from the deck.

  • Dramatic Red-Tinged Blades
  • Adds Bold Impact to your Landscape Design
  • Large, Fluffy White Plumes
  • Outstanding Fiery Fall Color
  • Ornamental Grasses Capture the Wind and Bring Motion to your Landscape
  • Leave Them Standing for Winter Interest
  • Amazing Mass Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care

Purple Flame Grass is the most versatile plant in the landscape. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils, from well-drained sandy soils to heavy clay. It grows in urban environments where air pollution can be a challenge. It's also a low-maintenance plant that is pest and disease free. It can easily take both summer heat and high humidity.

Purple Flame Grass is easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade It is widely adapted to different climates and soil types, as long as they are well-drained.

A low-water user once established, Flame Grass maintains its tight clump and upright appearance. Though tolerant of some partial shade, it's best to provide at least 8 hours of direct sun to ensure upright growth and abundant blooms.

Prune Purple Flame Grass back to the ground in late winter or very early spring to rejuvenate its fresh, dark green leaves for springtime. You'll be amazed each year, watching as the foliage quickly bounces right back to its full height by early summer. Warm-season grasses may green up later in the spring, but really shine once the hot, dry summer weather kicks in so have patience!

  • Full Sun For Best Color
  • Water-Wise Variety Shows Drought Tolerance
  • Warm Season Perennial Grass Has Cold Hardiness
  • Disease Resistant
  • Deer Resistant, They Tend to Leave this Plant Alone
  • Easy Care, Only One Pruning a Year in Early Spring

The Miscanthus genus consists of up to 20 different varieties with some being restricted to certain parts of the country. Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to alert you to any government restrictions in your area. Don't worry, we have you covered!

Make this plant a part of your next landscape project. Nature Hills sells healthy clumps that are ready to improve the looks of your yard today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Purple Flame Grass Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens'
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Perennial
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly No