Grasses for Autumn Color

fall grasses
Panicum โ€˜Heavy Metalโ€™
Panicum โ€˜Heavy Metalโ€™

Many folks think of trees and shrubs for fall color, however ornamental grasses also offer exceptional autumn color. Here’s a great list of grasses to add to your garden designs.

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Grasses offering RED autumn colors:
  • Imperata โ€˜Red Baronโ€™ โ€“ Japanese blood grass – under 2 feet โ€“ Foliage turns red in late summer โ€“ Plume-less
  • Miscanthus โ€˜Adagioโ€™ โ€“ dwarf maiden grass โ€“ 3 feet high โ€“ Plumes emerge pink, then turns to white
  • Miscanthus โ€˜Grazellaโ€™ โ€“ maiden grass โ€“ 5-6 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns red in early fall – White plumes in August
  • Miscanthus โ€˜ Purpurascensโ€™ โ€“ flame grass โ€“ 3-5 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns red in mid-summer, changing to deep burgundy in fall โ€“ Cottony plumes in August
  • Panicum โ€˜Ruby Ribbonsโ€™ โ€“ switch grass โ€“ 3-4 feet high โ€“ Foliage becomes red-wine colored by mid summer – Plumes appear in late summer
  • Panicum โ€˜Prairie Fireโ€™ โ€“ switch grass hybrid โ€“ 4-5 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns deep red in early summer โ€“ Rosy panicles in late summer

    Miscanthus โ€˜Morning Lightโ€™
    Miscanthus โ€˜Morning Lightโ€™
  • Schizachyrium scoparium โ€“ little bluestem โ€“ 2-3 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns red-bronze in fall โ€“ Plumes are silvery-white in August
Grasses offering ORANGE autumn colors:
  • Sesleria autumnalis โ€“ moor grass โ€“ 12-18 inches high โ€“ Foliage turns warm rust in fall โ€“ Plumes appear summer into fall
  • Miscanthus โ€˜Nipponโ€™ โ€“ maiden grass โ€“ 4 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns red-orange in fall โ€“ Reddish-bronze panicles develop in August
  • Sporobolus heterolepsis โ€“ prairie dropseed โ€“ 2-3 feet high โ€“ Foliage is fragrant and turns rust colored in fall
Grasses offering BURGUNDY autumn colors:
  • Panicum โ€˜Rotstrahlbuschโ€™ โ€“ red switch grass โ€“ 3-4 feet high โ€“ Foliage emerges green with red tips, depending on the weather, may develop burgundy hue โ€“ Scarlet-red panicles emerge in mid summer
  • Panicum โ€˜Shenandoahโ€™ โ€“ red switch grass โ€“ 4 feet high โ€“ Foliage develops burgundy tips in early summer โ€“ Burgundy panicles appear in mid summer

    Panicum โ€˜Heavy Metalโ€™
    Panicum โ€˜Heavy Metalโ€™
  • Miscanthus โ€˜Morning Lightโ€™ โ€“ variegated maiden grass โ€“ 4 feet high – Foliage remains variegated โ€“ Burgundy plumes fade to cream color
  • Miscanthus โ€˜Silver Featherโ€™ or โ€˜Silberfederโ€™ โ€“ maiden grass โ€“ 6 feet – Foliage blends into burgundy, purple, and gold โ€“ Silver plumes in late summer
Grasses offering YELLOW autumn color:
  • Molinia โ€˜Dauerstrahlโ€™ or โ€˜Faithful Rayโ€™ โ€“ purple moor grass โ€“ 2 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns yellow in early fall
  • Molinia caerulea โ€˜Strahlenquelleโ€™ or โ€˜Source of Raysโ€™ –ย  purple moor grass – 1 1/2 – 2 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns golden yellow in fall โ€“ Purplish plumes appear from July through October
  • Molinia โ€˜Skyracerโ€™ โ€“ tall purple moor grass โ€“ 7-8 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns golden yellow in fall โ€“ Airy, copper-gold plumes appear in July and August
  • ย โ€“ switch grass โ€“ 3-5 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns bright yellow in fall โ€“ Pink plumes develop into buff colored seed heads
  • ย Panicum โ€˜Northwindโ€™ โ€“ switch grass โ€“ 5-6 feet high โ€“ Foliage turns golden yellow in fall โ€“ Seed heads are small

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5 Comments on “Grasses for Autumn Color

  1. I’m a fan of colored grass… and I will order some plants in spring… maybe the second try is the one what makes my garden to a highlight… and it is a good thing to replace flowers what end anyway as snail snacks ;O)

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