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Purple Maiden Grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens‘

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Purple Maiden Grass, deep purple stems with fuzzy wheat like purple tips

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You can bring some gentle motion to your garden with the Purple maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurascens). This perennial grass produces flowing plumes of color that are sure to delight throughout the growing season. With its year-round charm, choose this Purple maiden grass for your next landscaping project.

Plant Attributes

With its beautiful color and wispy stems, this maiden grass is one of the most popular grasses in the country. It is used for many landscape applications. Due to its orange-red autumn color, the Purple maiden grass is also known as the Flame grass. No matter the name, this maiden grass has a striking appearance throughout the year.

In the spring, you will notice the bright green blades emerging from the ground. Once the weather starts to warm up, the leaves develop a reddish tone and turn into a deep red color for the summer. By late summer, red-tinged stalks appear above the crown of this grass. However, this maiden grass takes center stage in the fall. The foliage becomes a striking orange-red tone. Many people say it resembles the color of a blazing flame.

The Purple maiden grass continues to be a delightful addition in the wintertime. By the end of the season, the foliage ages into a burgundy color. This color looks dramatic against the white plumes. The plumes last well into winter as they give some interest to your yard. If you are looking for some ideas for this Purple maiden grass, make sure to cut off the plumes. You can dry them out and add them to your winter flower arrangements.

Landscape Use

These shrubs are perfect as a foundation bed where you can enjoy the fragrance near windows and entryways. The Carol Mackie daphne is an excellent choice if you want to add a bright accent to a border. These daphnes will thrive in small city gardens. They can also adapt to those areas with partially sunny gardens or near the edge of large canopy trees. The Carol Mackie daphne will make a great addition to a Victorian or Southern garden.

These shrubs can be propagated from a stem cutting, but the cuttings may not root. In some cases, it can take up to a year for the cuttings to show signs of rooting.

Planting & Care

The Purple maiden grass might be the most versatile grass for any landscape. You can plant this maiden grass in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. It can handle a wide range of soils, including heavy clay and sandy areas. If you live in a city environment with pollution, then this hardy plant is an exceptional choice. The low-maintenance Purple maiden grass is generally free from diseases and pests. It can even tolerate climates with high humidity and heat.

For the best results, the Purple maiden grass thrives in well-draining soil. It will excel in areas with full sun to partial shade. While the Purple maiden grass is tolerant of partial shade, you want to plant it in direct sunlight for abundant blooms. You can grow this grass in most conditions.

Once the Purple maiden grass is established, the plant does not need much water. Throughout the year, this maiden grass maintains its upright appearance and tight clump. The Purple maiden grass should be cut down to the ground in the late winter. With this pruning, you will see dark green leaves emerging for springtime. The foliage bounces back to full height by the summer.

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This attractive ornamental grass can grow in a variety of soil conditions. It features an upright growth habit, and the green leaves turn into shades of yellow, orange, and burgundy for the fall. The white plume-like seed heads begin to bloom in the fall, and they provide some winter interest to your outdoor spaces. Arbor Valley Nursery can help you get this Purple maiden grass for your inventory. Please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant type: Ornamental grass
  • Watering Needs: Once established, water occasionally.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: mis-KAN-thus sin-EN-sis pur-pur-AH-senz
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
  • Special features: No pests or diseases are of major concern. Rust diseases
    occasionally infest the foliage but it often goes away in drier
  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Deep Green
  • Blooms: Fall
  • Flower color: Red-tinged
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Versatile ornamental grass. Accent, specimen, grouping, mass or screen. Borders, meadows, wild gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized areas, or pond/water garden peripheries.
  • Companion Plants: Dahlia, Echinacea purpurea, Crocosmia

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