Monday, 25 April 2011

Miscanthus Purpurascens Ornamental Grass at Lovegrass Farm on P.E.I.

Miscanthus purpurascens in October at Lovegrass Farm PEI

Time to shift to some Warm Season Grasses since it's a Lovely Warm Day!  Miscanthus Purpurascens is one of the most beautiful and useful of all Miscanthus.  It is upright (to 5 ft. or 150 cm. tall), early flowering, very cold hardy (Z4) and has red-orange autumn color.  It rarely if ever produces fertile seed, making it a safe choice for those who want to grow Miscanthus but are concerned about seeding beyond the garden.  The narrow inflorescences open with a slight pink tint & turn silvery. 

Miscanthus Purpurascens in Early June

The leaves are 1/2 inch wide and slightly gray-green.
Purpurascens is the first Miscanthus out of the ground in late Spring.  It prefers full sun and average to moist soil.  It is not as drought tolerant as Miscanthus sinensis varieties but is still a tough plant.  Once they're established, we don't water any of our grasses; Purpurascens included.  They all do well in our sandy soil in Full Sun.  Purpurascens is often cut and used in arrangements for Thanksgiving and Halloween.

Miscanthus Purpurascens makes an Excellent Hedge

Color is starting in September

Inflorescences are fully out later in September

Miscanthus Purpurascens at a Rest Stop in Quebec mid-October

Wind Blown Purpurascens in late Fall

Miscanthus Purpurascens in December

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