Autumn Flame Grass

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Flame Grass (Miscanthus Purpurascens) is a popular, fast growing plant and sought after because it has outstanding beauty.

The Ornamental Grasses can be grown in zones 4-10. (USDA Grow Map) This grass is deer resistant.

It looks like normal grass but watch out in late summer because it turns from a green color to a red color.

The leaves first turn yellow-orange and then it turns miscanthus autumn red with some purple color mixed in at times.

It’s an amazing transformation. Etsy has a shop where you can buy Autumn Flame Grass.

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Fire Dragon grass in the fall.

Flame Grass Care

To grow the strongest stand of plants possible, place miscanthus in well-drained soil with a good amount of organic matter.

Flame grass likes evenly moist soil, but once established can tolerate some dry spells. Full sun is best for Miscanthus; when planted in part sun, the grass tends to flop.

Maiden grass thrives in full sun and may get 6 feet (2 m.) wide with a 10 feet (3 m.) spread. The grass requires well-drained soil, but is tolerant of excess moisture, dry conditions, acidic soils, and even hard clay sites.

Water the plants from under the foliage and when the leaf blades will have time to dry off quickly.

Autumn Flame grass in the fall

At the top of the grass a tassel of powdery white plumes highlight the red color well. Outstanding landscaping specimen.

The grass clumps and does not run which is good for invasion. It is easy to maintain after it is established.

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Miscanthus Flame Grass is an excellent background plant to your perennial garden because it can be used to accent your landscape. Grows 3-4′ tall with flower plumes 5-6′. Plant 15-24” apart.

Autumn Flame Grass

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Plant Description: A clump forming ornamental grass. The grass blades are tinged with red. They turn to a brilliant red-orange in the fall. Silvery seedheads appear in late summer turning to tan in the fall.

It is adaptable to different climates but has the ability to thrive in any soil. It prefers regular watering.

Question: Is Miscanthus Purpurascens invasive?

Flame grass is not invasive because it clumps. Also, the seed is hard to grow. Three additional characteristics make this a unique plant: first; it is adaptable to cold climates; second, the plant is a Non-invasive because it does not produce fertile seeds; third, Autumn or Flame grass is naturally small and not a dwarf enjoying a bit more moisture.

What a Beauty! An Ornamental Grass with Pop!!

Flame Grass
Yikes! This Plant is HOT!!!

How to Plant Flame Grass

Planting Directions:

Set at the same level it is growing at in the container but pack the soil firm. Water in thoroughly. Do not plant in a site that experiences standing water in winter.

Cut back the foliage in late winter or early spring. Early spring growing Flame Grass, you might amend the soil if you have heavy clay soil. If you have a good garden soil, you might just amend it with compost or composted manure.

Also, pairs well with late flowering sedums, Knock Out roses, and colorful coneflowers

Special features:

It’s very easy to grow in all areas of the country.

Cut flower but Deer resistant. Dried flower but Drought tolerant. Easy care but Foliage interest. Heat tolerant but Multi-seasonal interest also Winter interest.

The feathery white seed heads appear in August and are showy and persist throughout the winter months. If you want a fun addition to the winter landscape do not cut back the foliage until Spring.

This ornamental grass likes full sun and prefers well-drained soils. 

Autumn Flame is not small. The leaves grow to 4′ feet but the silky plumes grow another 2′ feet tall.

Look at the way the green grass transitions to the beautiful autumn blaze!

Autumn Flame Grass – Turning colors and putting up white plumes.


How fast does flame grass grow?

Flame grass grows best in USDA Zones 4-9 and can grow to it’s average height of 4′ feet in a growing season. As the clump matures it will spread 5-6′ feet wide. Considered mostly an ornamental grass that is a non-invasive plant.

What is flame grass?

Flame Grass is a popular ornamental grass, fast growing plant and sought after because it has outstanding beauty. It’s leaves turn to a brilliant orange in the fall with soft white plumes emerging late in the growing season.

Is flame maiden grass a perennial?

Yes. It returns every year as a perennial in USDA Zones 4-9.

Is Miscanthus Purpurascens invasive?

No. The seeds are not fertile. It is grown or propagated from the roots. It is a clumping ornamental grass.

Where does flame grass grow?

Flame grass grows in zones 4-10. It is a cold hardy clumping, non-invasive perennial in zones 4-9.

Fire Dragon Grass

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Miscanthus Fire Dragon ornamental grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Fire Dragon‘ Cooler fall temperatures transform the green foliage of this upright grass into intense red and orange hues.

Silvery plumes stand out above the flames making it a real beautiful focal point to any fall garden.

Flame grass seeds

Autumn flame grass does not typically put out seeds

Did You Know?

Some additional characteristics make this a unique plant:

First; it is adaptable to cold climates.

Second, the majority of times this plant is a non-invasive because it usually does not produce fertile seeds.

Third, Autumn or Flame grass is naturally small and not a dwarf enjoying a bit more moisture.

Miscanthus sinensis (Silver Grass)

Miscanthus sinensis silver grass is a cousin to the Autumn flame. Both are similar but just have different colors.


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Autumn Light Flame Grass

Autumn Light Flame Grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Autumn Light’ known for its large cotton plumes and great amber fall color.

Adding ornamental grasses to the landscape gives it a more dynamic look and architectural appeal. Treat your property to a visual upgrade with Flame Grass.

In late summer, its large swathes of gracefully arching blades appear green and are gently tinged with purple.

As autumn approaches, it turns red for a completely different look for the upcoming season.

It gives a charming, delicate look to naturalized areas, and makes an ideal privacy screen when planted in groups.

Silky panicles of silvery beige emerge in late summer.

Miniature Flame Grass

Adagio flame grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ dwarf grass only growing to 24″ inches tall and known for its large cotton plumes with great amber fall color.

Zone 6-9 Full Sun/ Part Shade.

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