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Miscanthus sinensis ssp. purpurascens (Andersson) Tzvelev (Silver Grass), growth habit

digital color photograph
Digitization Status
Born digital
Photographic image
Date created
2005 – 2012
Miscanthus sinensis ssp. purpurascens (Andersson) Tzvelev (Silver Grass), ornamental grass, compact upright warm season clump-forming grass 3-4' (infrequently to 5') tall, leaves are medium green blades (1/2" wide) with a reddish tinge which gradually develop further reddish hues as summer progresses eventually turning a brilliant orange-red in autumn gradually darkening to an attractive burgundy by winter, flowers are tiny reddish-tinged appearing in tassel-like inflorescences above the foliage in late summer gradually turning into creamy white plumes by autumn as the seeds mature, burgundy foliage and creamy white seed plumes persist well into winter providing good winter interest