Purple Fountain Grass
Purple Fountain Grass

Purple Fountain Grass

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Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'

Plant Description

A popular, drought tolerant grass that forms tidy clumps of purplish maroon blades topped with rose-red flower spikes. Beautiful as landscape specimen or planted in groups. Unlike the species, this cultivar does not reseed. An herbaceous perennial grass in mild winter regions; provides quick annual color in any climate.

Botanical Pronunciation:pen-i-SEE-tum se-TAY-see-um
Plant type:Ornamental Grass
Sunset climate zones:8 - 24, 26 - 29
Growth habit:Narrow
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Purple
Blooms:Summer through Fall
Flower color:Red
Garden styleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Design IdeasThis is without a doubt the most gorgeous Fountain Grass. Growing to four feet tall, its bronzed foliage is beautiful throughout the season, not just in autumn. It is indispensable for dry stream beds and a lovely fluffy accent in dry gardens. Provides wildlife habitat around water holes and ponds, and adds its billowy character to homegrown meadows. Makes a great erosion-control plant on slopes, both cut and fill. Equally at home in big Southwestern ceramic pots or classical Italian terra cotta on posts and walls, or ganged around entries, steps and gateways. Try three or four matched potted specimens spaced evenly on steps or line them against a bare, light colored stucco wall.
Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Aster (Aster); Potentilla (Potentilla); Coneflower (Echinacea); Salvia (Salvia); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
Care Information
Adaptable to most soil types. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Cut foliage back to 4 inches above the ground just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.