An upright, deciduous, clump-forming, deciduous, perennial grass with flat, linear, mid- to dark green leaves, turning yellow-brown in autumn, and, in summer, narrow, oblong panicles of flowers opening red, fading to purple, and then pale brown. Flowering period August – September. Height 90cm – 1.2m. Spread 60 -75cm. Plant requires full sun to partial shade in moist well drained soil, in a sheltered location.