Purple Fountain Grass
Purple Fountain Grass
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'Item #6427 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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. Provides quick annual color in any climate. Unlike the species, this cultivar does not reseed. Herbaceous perennial.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pen-i-SEE-tum se-TAY-see-umPlant type:Ornamental GrassDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 24, 26 - 29Growth habit:NarrowGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:PurpleBlooms:Summer through fall.Flower color:RedGarden styleCottageDesign 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); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum), Euryops (Euryops); Coneflower (Echinacea); Salvia (Salvia)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Cut foliage back just before new shoots appear in late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreLore:While the species Pennisetum setaceum is considered invasive to California, selective plant breeding has resulted in attractive cultivated varieties that are seedless or do not produce viable seed, including Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum', 'Fireworks' and 'Skyrocket'. These three cultivars are non-invasive and safe for California gardening efforts.